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National History Day

National History DayNational History Day

Friday, April 6 & Saturday, April 7, 2018 

The Annual Southeast Regional National History Day competition, sponsored by the West Chester BID, brings hundreds of middle and high-school students, families, and volunteers to downtown West Chester for an eventful weekend on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High St.

If you are interested in being a Judge for the 2018 NHD Competition, please click here.

Important Dates for Judges:

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018: Judge & Volunteer Registration Closes
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018: Annual Judge Training
  • Saturday, March 17, 2018: Judge Training Rain/Snow Date

Tentative Judge Training Schedule:

  • 9:00-9:30am: Captain Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:30am-10:00am: Team Captain Training
  • 10:00am-10:30am: Meet Your Team Breakfast Social
  • 10:30am-10:45am: General NHD Overview with All Judges
  • 10:45am-12:00pm: Category Training

Important Dates for Volunteers:

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018: Judge & Volunteer Registration Closes
  • Friday, April 6, 2018: Senior Competition
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018: Junior Competition
First and Second place winners will be invited to advance to the culminating national NHD competition taking place on Friday, May 11 & Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Carlisle Area High School, 623 W Penn St, Carlisle, PA. Third place winners will be invited to compete at the national level if a first or second place winner is unable to attend.
For more information, contact Alaina McNaughton, National History Day Coordinator, at

Your best option for parking in downtown West Chester is the long-term parking at the Chestnut Street Parking Garage, Chestnut & Walnut Streets, across from the Chester County Historical Society. Park as long as you want and have no fear of getting an overtime parking ticket. Parking is free at the meters on Saturday until 5pm. Go to the Parking Tab for details. Download the updated downtown parking map (PDF).


While visiting West Chester, explore the downtown with its outstanding historical structures dating back to the colonial period. Browse at the many shops and dine in the restaurants.



The West Chester Business Improvement District is a proud sponsor of National History Day which believes student interpretation of our rights and responsibilities will lead to a better understanding of our place in history. Contact Malcolm Johnstone at 610-738-3350 with any questions.


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