NHD at NMAAHC Project Resources

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

  • NHD at NMAAHC Topic Lists
  • NHD at NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid 2019
  • NHD at NMAAHC Project Packs
  • NHD at NMAAHC Mini-Project Packs

2018 - 2019 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.

NHD at NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid

Explore items from the NMAAHC collection that represent the 2018 - 2019 theme: Triumph and Tragedy in History. Use the collection objects to develop a project topic or to help expand the analysis within a project.

Connect to the 2019 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.

Mini-Project Packs

Mini-Project Packs are designed to give students the African American perspective on selected topics from the 2018 - 2019 suggested topic lists found in the 2019 theme book, in order to help expand and deepen the analysis of their National History Day project. Each Mini-Project Pack includes brief background information, highlights the connection of African Americans to the chosen topic, relevant museum resources, and primary and secondary text resources.