There are multiple avenues for a student to participate in NHD Philly! An NHD Philly project does not have to be completed as part of a class. If you are the parent or guardian of a Philadelphia student interested in National History Day, here are a few ways you can help get them involved:

  • Encourage the student’s teacher(s) to have the class participate in the National History Day or mentor students who are interested in participating. The only thing a student needs to participate in NHD Philly is a project idea and a sponsoring teacher; help the student approach the teacher, or reach out to them on your own!
  • Support the student’s class participation in doing project work including conducting research at libraries, archives, and museums or conducting oral history interviews.
  • Encourage the student to develop critical thinking skills by getting them beyond simply relaying facts.
  • Be supportive of the student producing a project, helping them to manage time and follow a schedule.
  • Help the student’s school if it holds a local contest or fair that gives students a “dress rehearsal” or elimination round.
  • Volunteer for the National History Day Philly competition. Many helping hands are needed to make this a wonderful experience for our children! Interested members of the community are welcome to sign up as a judge!
  • Help the student explore the cultural resources in their community and region for a National History Day project. An NHD Philly project can be an incredible way to connect with a neighborhood history.

Parents and guardians interested in getting their Philly students involved in NHD should fill out the interest form below!

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