National History Day


National History Day is an annual academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12 that encourages thoughtful historical research, project-based learning and a dose of friendly competition, as individuals or as a group, in one of five distinct categories: exhibits, papers, websites, documentary films and performances. More than 175 students from Bucks and Montgomery counties participate in the regional event, and regional winners will move on to the state level competition.

The 2020 National History Day regional competition for Bucks and Montgomery Counties has been canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Coordinated by staff of the Bucks County Historical Society that oversees the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, PA., and in collaboration with professors and staff at Delaware Valley University, this annual competition allows Bucks and Montgomery County high school and middle school students to take history beyond the classroom.

Established in 1974, National History Day promotes an appreciation for historical research among middle and high school students through multiple annual programs. More than half a million students participate in the annual National History Day Contest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park. The 2020 National Contest will be held on June 14-18, 2020.

For questions or more information, please contact

National History Day Regional Competition is generously sponsored by:

The Berger Family Foundation

Lisa Kristin Soren


PA Department of Education


 The Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society


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