What is History Day?
History Day is a competitive, national program in which students submit history projects under numerous categories. For more information about History Day, use the resources found in the related links box on the right.
Exploring the Archive
There are several ways to search for primary sources at the State Archives. Two of the most popular are ARIAS Digital Archives and DOC Heritage. The Archives Records Information Access System (ARIAS) is designed to facilitate access to archival records created by all branches and levels of Pennsylvania State Government. Records series currently online are: Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File; World War I Service Medal Application Cards; Spanish American War Veterans' Card File of United States Volunteers; Civil War Veterans' Card File and Mexican Border Campaign Veterans' Card File.
DOC(umentary) Heritage includes images of historical documents, narratives placing them in a regional, state or national context, and, where appropriate, transcriptions of each record as well as helpful links for further research. Presented in time line order, the documents are among the 300 million letters, reports, photographs, maps, and other records generally available for public use at the Archives search room in Harrisburg.
The best way to search for primary sources is to visit the Archives Search Room located in the State Archives Building on the corner of Third and Forster Streets in Harrisburg. The room is open to the public Tuesday through Friday 9:00-4:00pm. Learn more about the PA State Archives by following the link on the left.
Contest Themes (Subject to Change)
- 2008 Conflict and Compromise in History
- 2009 The Individual in History
- 2010 Innovation in History
- 2011 Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences
- 2012 Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History
- 2013 Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events
- 2014 Geography in History: Impact, Influence, Change
- 2015 Rights and Responsibilities in History