This page includes resources helpful to students and educators participating in National History Day. 

  • NHD at NMAAHC Topic List
  • NHD at NMAAHC 2022 Digital Activities: The Great NMAAHC Topic Hunts
  • NHD at NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid 2022
  • NHD at NMAAHC Project Packs

2021 - 2022 Topic List

Explore potential project topics about African American history from the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C.

Download 2021 - 2022 Topic List

NHD at NMAAHC Digital GalleryActivity: The Great NMAAHC Topic Hunt 2022

Explore the online collection of the NMAAHC to find potential project topics on individuals, groups, and events connected to the 2021 contest theme: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.

Download The Great NMAAHC Topic Hunt 

Download The Great NMAAHC Topic Hunt: The Highlights Tour

NHD at NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid

Explore items from the NMAAHC collection that represent the 2020 - 2021 theme: Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. Use the collection objects to develop a project topic or to help expand the analysis within a project.

Connect to the 2022 Collection Connection Grid on Smithsonian Learning Lab

Project Packs

NHD at NMAAHC Project Packs are designed to help students begin their National History Day projects by providing information and sources on topics related to the annual National History Day theme. Each pack includes background information and context, potential research questions, secondary and primary text sources, and related historical artifacts from the NMAAHC collection.

Photograph of Dizzy Gillespie playing the trumpet in Karachi, Pakistan, Gift of Paxton and Rachel Baker
Scrapbook page about the Wiley College Debate Team. Gift of Dr. Edward L. Cox.
Photographic Slide of the Poor People's Campaign
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