National History Day at NMAAHC

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.   

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National Contest Week Programming

Date: Sunday, June 9, 2019 to Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (Su - W)
Location: NMAAHC Welcome Desk (Heritage Hall)

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of students who are participating in the 2019 National Contest Week. During this week we will hold special programming to commemorate the 2018 - 2019 contest year and to help students begin to prepare for the 2019 - 2020 contest year. Participating National History Day students who visit the museum and complete a special activity will receive a limited edition 2019 NMAAHC button for their NHD button collections.

Student Documentary Showcase

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 
Time: 10:30 AM to 5:15 PM
Location: Oprah Winfrey Theater (Concourse)
Cost: Free

The NMAAHC is proud to feature student documentaries created for the National History Day (NHD) competition that embody the mission and stories reflected in the museum. Please join us as we explore and understand history from the lens of the next generation of historians. The showcase is open and free to the public. Please see our page on visiting the museum during Peak Season (March - August).

Documentary listing will be available closer to date.

NHD in 1 - 2 - 3 at NMAAHC Series

The NHD in 1 – 2 – 3 at NMAAHC workshop series is designed for student participants of National History Day to have a solid start in their research and the creation of their projects. We believe that having a narrowed and focused topic, diverse and supportive primary and secondary sources, and a strong thesis will put students on a path to have a successful National History Day experience. 

  1. Topic Selection
  2. Research Methods 
  3. Thesis Writing 

Dates for Fall 2019 will be announced later in the summer.

Project Clinic

Join the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in supporting you to create a successful National History Day project! Need help with your project before competition with: Narrowing or focusing your topic? Making your thesis stronger? Advice for last-minute research? Evaluating your analysis? Questions about the feedback from the judges? Look no further! The NMAAHC is offering an E-Review Clinic (project reviews) for student participants of National History Day.

Date for Spring 2020 will be announced later in the summer.

  • NHD at NMAAHC Project Packs are designed to help students begin their National History Day projects by providing information and sources on topics chosen by our staff related to the 2019 NHD theme. 
  • NHD at NMAAHC Topic Lists give suggested project topics about African American history. 
  • NHD at NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid 2019  showcases documents, images, objects and videos that highlight the African American experience in relation to the 2019 NHD theme:Triumph and Tragedy in History.

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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.