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: papers, websites, documentary films, performances, and exhibits. 

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 2023 National History Day Regional Contest for Bucks and Montgomery County will be held in person at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA on Saturday, March 18, 2023.

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 2023 Pennsylvania State Contest will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2023.

Top entries from the Pennsylvania State Contest are invited to compete on the national level. The 2023 National Contest will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 11-15, 2023.

For questions or more information, please contact

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Ruth Maxson National History Day Intern, Anna Durning. Read more about the Ruth Maxson National History Day Internship here.


Thank you to the 2023 Bucks Mont Regional Contest sponsors:


The Berger Family Foundation







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• The Mercer Museum will close early at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2023 for a private event.

• Fonthill Castle will close early on Saturday, September 30, 2023 for a private event. The final tour of the day will start at 2:00 p.m.

Full schedule and ticket information can be found here.