National History Day


The Battle of Homestead Foundation welcomes students and teachers who may be interested in using the story of the 1892 battle with this year’s NHD theme of

 Triumph & Tragedy in History.

Feel free to explore our website for research and consider a visit to the Pump House as a Primary Source for your project. Below is a short fact sheet for you to download and print out, Also, feel free to email us at if you have any questions.




 But first, we want to tell about a success story from this past year’s competition!

Robyn, Sophia, and Amelia visited the Pump House and talked about their award winning exhibit.

The 2018 theme was  Conflict and Compromise in History. A group exhibit in the Junior category became one of the most rewarded entries using the Battle of Homestead as the topic. Students Amelia, Robyn, and Sophia, eighth-graders at Peters Township Middle School, tackled the theme and concluded there was no compromise with management and labor, and that caught the judges attention.

Their entry,  “Frick’s Inability to Compromise: The Homestead Strike of 1892,” finished Second at Heinz History Center and they were motivated to do more research and improve their project for the state competition. Their hard work paid of with a First Place award at Carlisle and a trip to the National Contest. Again, allowed to improve their presentation, they contacted BHF for more insight into the Battle and the aftermath. Armed with new information, and improved visuals, they were able to capture Third Place over entries from all 50 states and many foreign countries.

Amelia, Sophia, and Robyn, representing Pennsylvania, accept their medals for a 3rd place finish at the National History Day competition.

Here’s a link to a local news article highlighting their achievements:  Peters Township students finish third nationally in history competition.

And here’s a link to our video of their visit to the Pump House and hear them talk about their exhibit:

Young Historians Honored for their National History Day Winning Exhibit on the Battle of Homestead.

Here’s  some information about using the Battle of Homestead for your 2019 project:

The Battle of Homestead NHD


Here’s our narrative about the Battle:


Making a theme connection:



4T’s Graphic Organizer:

4Ts Handout

Where to start with your research? Here’s the NHD primer: