Check in to see how Philly students did at the 2024 Competition!

2024: Turning Points in History

Every year, National History Day has a theme under which students analyze their chosen topic. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. 2024’s theme, Turning Points, invites you to consider questions of time and place, cause and effect, change over time, and impact and significance; a turning point is not necessarily a point on a timeline–it can be a person, an idea, an event, an action, and more! The only thing this topic has to be is interesting to the student that chose it!

Competition Days

We can’t wait to see you at the National Constitution Center this March for the NHD Philly competition!

  • Junior Division (Grades 6-8) – Wednesday, March 6th
  • Senior Division (Grades 9-12) – Thursday, March 7th

Project Registration

Project Registration for NHD Philly 2024 is now open! Registration closes on Wednesday, February 21st, 2024! Project registration should be completed by teachers, not students.


NHD Philly categorizes Websites, Documentaries, and Papers as “Advance Submission Projects.” These project types must be submitted before the competition day itself, so that judges have adequate time to evaluate them. Project submission can be completed by students.

All NHD Philly Advance Submission Projects must be completed and uploaded using the links below by 8:00pm on Wednesday, February 21st, 2024. Students will not be able to submit their projects after this time and websites will be locked.

Volunteer to Judge

Are you interested in serving as a judge for NHD Philly 2024? NHD Philly’s volunteer judges are a pivotal part of the competition, and vital to enhancing our students’ experiences. Sign up to judge NHD Philly 2024 here!

State and National Competitions

Students who place and qualify at the Philadelphia competition are automatically eligible for the NHD in PA State Competition held at the University of Scranton! 2024’s State Competition is from April 20-21, 2024. Philadelphia students who place at the state contest then go to the National Competition held at the University of Maryland, College Park from June 9-13, 2024! And remember: NHD Philly helps cover costs (registration, travel, lodging, food) for Philly students who go on to the state and national competitions!

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