NHD at NMAAHC Project Resources

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

2020 - 2021 Topic List

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

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NHD at NMAAHC Digital GalleryActivity: The Great NMAAHC Topic Hunt 2021

Explore the online collection of the NMAAHC to find potential project topics on individuals, groups, and events connected to the 2021 contest theme: Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.

Download The Great NMAAHC Topic Hunt

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 2021 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.