NHD in 1-2-3

National History Day Workshops and Clinics

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. 

NHD at NMAAHC E-Review Clinic 2018 (Project Reviews)

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 12:00pm (EST) to Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8:00pm (EST)

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.

Projects can be submitted by NHD participants from Wednesday, March 7, 2018 to Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm (EST). A reviewer will offer feedback and suggestions on your individual or group project. Reviews will address the strengths and weaknesses of your project, questions you may have, or help you improve your project from the comments of judges at your local, school, county/district/regional or state competition.

We look forward to helping you have a successful, engaging, and fun year with National History Day 2018! Registration will open on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

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Spots are limited. Registration is required.

Previous Workshops (Fall 2017)

Finding and Narrowing a Topic

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017   Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Are you in need of a topic for your National History Day project? If so, join us! We will discuss the 2018 NHD theme: Conflict and Compromise in History and ways to find a suitable topic for you. You will use strategies for brainstorming to tighten your broad subject into a narrow topic. Then, the workshop will assist you in developing a research question to shape the focus of your project. We highly encourage students to bring along a parent/guardian or educator who will participate with them during some of the activities.

Identifying and Analyzing Sources

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

What is one of the biggest factors that separates a successful National History Day project from a less successful one? It is finding and effectively utilizing quality primary and secondary sources. This workshop will guide student participants of NHD through an interactive research experience, simulating the overall process for conducting historical research on a project. Students will learn methods and improve skills on finding, accessing, analyzing, and evaluating primary and secondary sources by investigating examples from historic Washington D.C. We highly encourage students to bring along a parent/guardian or educator who will participate with them during some of the activities.

Getting to the Heart of your Project: Your Thesis/Argument

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017   Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

What is the heart of a National History Day project? What provides a strong and narrowed focus for a project? What can give your project a strong or weak foundation? Ultimately, what is one of the most important elements of a NHD project? It is the thesis/argument. Your project should not be a list of historical facts but rather an argument that you can support with primary and secondary sources. This workshop will explore how to write and use an effective thesis/argument in your project. It is encouraged that you bring your research materials with you in order to make this workshop most effective.