NMAAHC is eager to support students who are engaging in historical research for projects, especially those related to National History Day. As the national museum devoted to telling the American story through the African American lens, NMAAHC can assist students in exploring multiple perspectives in history by providing access to primary sources, supporting materials, and expert mentorship.
Students, NMAAHC supports your journey as a junior historian, whatever topic you choose. Explore the page to discover resources that will help you have a positive history day experience.
NHD 2017 Theme
Taking a Stand in History
It means that an individual or a group takes a firm position on an issue. Your task as a student participant is to demonstrate this stand through a topic of your choice from local, state, national or international history. You will need to explain how and why an individual or group took a stand. What was their motivation(s)? What were the immediate, short term and the long term effects of an individual or group taking a stand? In conclusion, your project should answer this question: “So what?” Why should your audience care how and why did the action of an individual or group matter in the course of local, state, national or international history?
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) would like to support you in all aspects of your journey as a young historian and throughout the National History Day contest year. Below are a variety of resources from our collections, archives, and staff expertise that you may find helpful. And be sure to check out our workshops to help you build your project during the academic year.
About National History Day
National History Day ® is an academic competition focusing on history for students in grades 6-12. Today more than half a million students enter the contest. They construct entries as an individual or in a group in one of five five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Students then compete in a series of contests - school, local/regional, and state - to proceed to the National Contest held each June at the University of Maryland, College Park.
The mission of National History Day is to provide students with opportunities to learn historical content and develop research, thinking and communication skills through the study of history and to provide educators with resources and training to enhance classroom teaching.