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National History Day

National History Day 

Sponsored by the West Chester BID, the Chester County Historical Society hosts the Southeastern PA National History Day (NHD) regional contest. NHD is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for 6th to 12th-grade students. Each year, students create original research projects based on an annual theme. These projects move from the school level to regionals, states, and the national level. NHD is the “lab” component of the history classroom--engaging students as historians, teaching them critical thinking, problem-solving, research and reading skills, and public speaking.

Now in its 30th year, the regional contest brings in over 300 students, teachers, and parents into downtown West Chester to visit CCHS on Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th, 2019. For more information on National History Day, visit the Chester County Historical Society’s website.

Contact Alaina McNaughton, CCHS's 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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