National History Day


National History Day is an annual academic enrichment program for students in grades 7-12 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. 

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

The 2021 National History Day Regional Contest for Bucks and Montgomery Counties will be held virtually. 

More the 400 students from Bucks and Montgomery Counties participate in the regional contest, and regional winners move on to their state-level competition. The 2021 Pennsylvania State Contest will be held on May 1 & 2, 2021 at the University of Scranton. At this time, no decision has been made about whether the Pennsylvania State Contest will be held in-person or virtually. 

Top entries from the Pennsylvania State Contest are invited to compete on the national level. The 2021 National Contest will be held virtually in June 2021.

For questions or more information, please contact

National History Day Regional Competition is generously sponsored by:


Alice and Bob Vernon


The Berger Family Foundation

Lisa Kristin Soren


PA Department of Education


 The Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society


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