Who We Are
Cathy Gorn, PhD
Dr. Gorn has made numerous presentations on history education at forums for historians and teachers, including the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Historical Association, and the Organization of American Historians. Her publications on teaching history to young people have appeared in several professional journals. In addition, Dr. Gorn has served as editor for more than 25 history curriculum guides and has directed 15 national institutes for teachers of history and social studies. She serves on the White House Historical Association Board of Trustees, the Education Committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Education Committee of the American Bar Association. Dr. Gorn received her B.A. from Kent State University in 1982, and her Ph.D. in history from Case Western Reserve University 1992.
Dr. Gorn joined National History Day in 1984 when the organization was still based in Cleveland, Ohio, and was in its infancy as a national endeavor. Dr. Gorn has held positions of increasing responsibility within the organization. As a member of a small core national office staff, her efforts have fundamentally shaped the evolution of National History Day from a series of contests to a full-fledged, highly acclaimed national academic program.
She joined NHD in August 2009 after 13 years with the Heritage Center of Lancaster County in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and 19 years as a member of the extended NHD family. As vice president of the Heritage Center of Lancaster County, Kim directed all aspects of educational programming for teachers, students and adults. In her position, she coordinated a thriving regional competition of National History Day and served on the advisory board for National History Day in Pennsylvania. However, her love for NHD began even earlier. While teaching in 1990, she coached students in the creation of NHD entries, and during graduate school in 1995, she judged at a regional competition.
Kim is deeply committed to history education and informal learning and has made a name for herself in the museum education community. She co-edited An Alliance of Spirit: Museum and School Partnerships, published by the American Alliance of Museums in 2010 and was president of the board of directors for the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums from 2008-2010.
Kim has presented on numerous occasions at professional conferences, including the American Alliance of Museums, the American Association for State and Local History, the American Federation of Teachers, the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies and the Middle States Council for the Social Studies. Kim received her M.A. in History and Museum Studies from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), 1995, and her B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA), 1988.
Director of Programs
Assistant Manager, Programs and Contest
Director of Communications
Associate Director of Contest
Office and Events Manager
Minnesota Historial Society
Downs Government Affairs
Locke Lord LLP
SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.
James F. Harris
University of Maryland
Army Heritage Center Foundation
Julian Hipkins, III
Theodore Roosevelt High School
Celie Niehaus (President)
Richard T. Prasse
Hahn, Loeser and Parks
Booz Allen Hamilton
Case Western Reserve University
World History Association
American Association for State and Local History
National Council for the Social Studies
National Council for History Education
Esther Mackintosh, PhD
Federation of State Humanities Councils
National Archives & Records Administration
Elisabeth M. Marsh, PhD
Organization of American Historians
Lee Ann Potter
Library of Congress
University of Minnesota Libraries
American Historical Association
Philip M. Soergel
University of Maryland
Professor, University of Maryland
Founding Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Documentary Film Maker
Professor, Mount Holyoke College
Professor, Smith College
Emeritus Professor, George Washington University
Professor, Louisiana State University
Publisher, The Kiplinger Report
Emeritus Professor, Princeton University, Pulitzer Prize winner
Journalist and Author
Professor, University of California, Irvine
Professor, University of Michigan
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Professor, Harvard University, Pulitzer Prize winner
NHD has affiliates around the world. These programs are independently sponsored by organizations that coordinate local and state/affiliate level contests where students can compete for the chance to advance to the National Contest. NHD’s states/affiliates also provide programmatic materials and workshops for teachers and students.