Important Dates & Times

Tuesday January 12, 2021 at 5:00 AM
Tuesday February 09, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Thursday February 25, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Saturday March 06, 2021 at 7:00 AM
Sunday March 07, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday February 26, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Contest Rules

To download a copy of the new 2021 NHD Rule Book, please click HERE.


About NHD Pittsburgh

National History Day encourages students in grades 6-12 to conduct rigorous historic research and to defend their final product in front of a panel of judges.

This project-based learning model empowers students to select their own topics related to a central theme and to produce a historic paper, website, documentary, live performance, or exhibit board. Students learn to identify and evaluate primary and secondary sources, to move beyond descriptive narratives of events to analysis of events, and to write annotated bibliographies.

The Heinz History Center is the host for this region's National History Day competition, and also supports educators in guiding their students through the NHD process. To learn more about the support we offer to both new and veteran NHD teachers, please visit our website at


Detailed contest information will be released in mid-February. 



Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website

Judging Criteria

General information about judging criteria can be found on the NHD website by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions about judging criteria or becoming an NHD judge, please contact us at 



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