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.   

Students, NMAAHC supports your journey as a junior historian, whatever topic you choose. We will debut our National History Day resources for the upcoming 2018 - 2019 contest year later this summer.

National Contest Week

Sunday, June 10, 2018 to Wednesday, June 14, 2018
Join us as we celebrate the achievements of students who are participating in the 2018 National Contest Week. During this week we will hold special programming to commemorate the 2017 - 2018 contest year and to help students begin to prepare for the 2018 - 2019 contest year. All activities and events require advanced or same-day museum passes unless special registration through the National History Day Explore program is noted. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Become the History Gallery Exploration Activity
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Heritage Hall - Welcome Desk
Explore the galleries and design a miniature exhibit on one of three themes: African Americans in the Early Republic (1783 - 1815), The Nadir Period (1880 - 1920), or The Harlem Renaissance (1920 - 1930s).

Monday, June 11, 2018 - Senior Day! 

Become the History Gallery Exploration Activity
Heritage Hall - Welcome Desk
​10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Explore the galleries and design a miniature exhibit on one of three themes: African Americans in the Early Republic (1783 - 1815), The Nadir Period (1880 - 1920), or The Harlem Renaissance (1920 - 1930s).

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - Junior Day!

Become the History Gallery Exploration Activity
Heritage Hall - Welcome Desk
​10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Explore the galleries and design a miniature exhibit on one of three themes: African Americans in the Early Republic (1783 - 1815), The Nadir Period (1880 - 1920), or The Harlem Renaissance (1920 - 1930s).

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Behind-the-Scenes Curator's Tour
Heritage Hall - Welcome Desk
8:45 am - 10:00 am 
Registration is required for this event. Registration for this tour is arranged through the National History Day Explore program. Please see the NHDx page for more details

Become the History Gallery Exploration
Heritage Hall - Welcome Desk
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Explore the galleries and design a miniature exhibit on one of three themes: African Americans in the Early Republic (1783 - 1815), The Nadir Period (1880 - 1920), or The Harlem Renaissance (1920 - 1930s).

Student Documentary Showcase
Oprah Winfrey Theater
10:30 am to 5:15 pm
The National Museum of African American History and Culture 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. This event is free to public with advanced or same-day museum passes.

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.