NHD at NMAAHC Project Resources

This page includes resources helpful to students and educators participating in National History Day. This page will add resources through Summer 2019.

  • NHD at NMAAHC Topic Lists
  • NHD at NMAAHC 2020 Gallery Activity: Curate a Gallery Playlist
  • NHD at NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid 2020
  • NHD at NMAAHC Project Packs

2019 - 2020 Topic Lists

Explore potential project topics about African American history inspired by the objects and stories found in the NMAAHC galleries and the histories of African Americans in Washington D.C. and throughout the United States.

  • The NHD at NMAAHC Gallery Topic List
  • African American History of Washington D.C. Topic List

NHD at NMAAHC Gallery Activity: Curate a Gallery Playlist

In celebration of the Smithsonian Year of Music, create a playlist centered on themes from our galleries that explore the 2020 NHD theme: Breaking Barriers in History, and practice two historical thinking skills essential to creating a strong National History Day project: analysis and interpretation.

NHD at NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid

Explore items from the NMAAHC collection that represent the 2019 - 2020 theme: Breaking Barriers in History. Use the collection objects to develop a project topic or to help expand the analysis within a project.

Connect to the 2020 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.