Young Historians Institute: The Virtual Remix

Learn History, Question History, Create History.

Institute Description

History is important in our everyday lives, communities and cultures. Therefore, it is even more important to understand why and how people produce and interpret history. The Young Historians Institute: The Virtual Remix is a rigorous weeklong program hosted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) for rising high school students in grades 10 to 12. 

Join us as we explore and practice the historical thinking skills that define the life and work of professional historians. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in history through lectures and discussions, analyze primary sources from the NMAAHC and other Smithsonian collections, and engage with experts in the field. Students will complete the week by presenting an original argument that centers around the 2020 theme: The Paradox of Liberty: The African American Experience in the Revolutionary Era (1763 - 1785).

Date: Monday, August 3, 2020 to Friday, August 7, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT) 
Location: Online

Student Goals:

  • Introduction to and the practice of select historical thinking skills: primary source analysis, interpretation and argumentation
  • Introduction to and the practice of college-level writing techniques and methods
  • Digitally engage the galleries and resources of NMAAHC and the Smithsonian
  • Interact with experts in the academic and public historical fields
  • Present an original argument on the experience of African Americans during this period

Registration Fees:

$25.00 (plus credit card handling fees)

There may be limited additional costs for required supplies.

Application Information:

  1. Student Information and Academic Information
  2. Parent/Guardian Information
  3. Student Short Answers (4)
  4. Short analysis and interpretation of selected sources (2)

Applications will taken until Friday, July 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm (EST), or until all spots are filled.


History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes through the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do. It could scarcely be otherwise, since it is to history that we owe our frames of reference, our identities, and our aspirations.

James Baldwin, Ebony Magazine, August 1965