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National History Day


Friday, March 24 & Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Annual Southeast Regional National History Day competition, sponsored by the West Chester BID, brings hundreds of middle and high-school students, their families, and volunteers to downtown West Chester for an eventful weekend. This year's competition will be held Thursday, March 23 - Sunday, March 26, 2017.


Febuary 21, 2017 at 5:00pm
Students must submit four copies of their papers either by mail (postmarked by Friday, February 17, 2017) or hand delivered to the museum no later than Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:00pm. If you are hand delivering papers, please arrange a drop-off time with the coordinator. Hard copies ensure that historical papers are evaluated exactly as students have prepared their work.
The Chester County Historical Society
National History Day Competition
225 N. High St
West Chester, PA 19380

Websites will be locked an no further revisions may be made once judges start to review them. Websites will be locked by 5:00pm on Friday, March 17, 2017. You must provide your 8 digit URL for judging to take place ( URL:______). Be sure to have this 8 digit number ready when you complete your online registration!

Located at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N High St.
Senior Division & Awards Ceremony: March 24, 2017 | 1:30pm-7:30pm
Junior Division & Awards Ceremony: March 25, 2017 | 8:00am-5:30pm
1st and 2nd place winners at state competitions are invited to advance to the culminating national NHD competition. 3rd place winners at the state level are alternates and will be invited to compete at the national level if a 1st or 2nd place winner is unable to attend. The 2017 NHD in PA State Contest will take place on May 12 & 13, 2017, at Carlisle Area High School, 623 W Penn St, Carlisle, PA 17013.
For more information, contact Joana Arruda, National History Day Coordinator, or Mary Galligan, National History Day Advisor 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.

WC BIDThe 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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