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National History Day Resources

National History Day (NHD) is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights, and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. The experience culminates in a series of contests at the local and affiliate levels and an annual national competition in the nation’s capital in June.


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Gilbert Tele-Set Telegraph Outfit No. 3502 chemistry set, circa 1935.

Science History Institute

Every year, the Science History Institute partners with students and teachers working on National History Day projects. We create research guides, assist with reference questions, and sometimes even serve as judges for the regional competitions. If you need any research help with your project, we encourage you to get in touch.

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Zenith Royal Hearing Aid

Science History Institute

NHD 2021

The theme narrative for the 2021 National History Day competition is “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” Our librarians have compiled our learning resources and collection items related to this theme in a special NHD 2021 research guide. From biographies of famous scientists to free online articles on the history of television, the history of science can be a part of your NHD 2021 project!