National History Day

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (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, the NMAAHC can assist students in exploring multiple perspectives in history by providing access to primary sources, supporting materials and expert mentorship.   

This program is generously supported by United Airlines.

  • NHD at NMAAHC Topic List gives suggested project topics about African American history from the nation's capital, Washington D.C.
  • NHD at NMAAHC Gallery Activity helps students to prepare for the 2020 - 2021 contest year through a self-guided digital activity using our digital collections database.
  • NHD at NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid 2021  showcases documents, images, objects and videos that highlight the African American experience in relation to the 2021 NHD theme.
    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 2021 NHD theme. 

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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. 

The status of this program is to be determined for Fall 2020.

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.

National Contest Week Programming

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of students who are participating in the 2021 National Contest Week. During this week we will hold special programming to commemorate the 2020 - 2021 contest year and roll out materials to help students begin to prepare for the 2021 - 2022 contest year. More details will be available Spring 2021.

Student Documentary Showcase

Date: Summer 2021

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.

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 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.