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National History Day offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest.

Since 1974, NHD has continuously improved history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. The largest NHD program is the National History Day Contest that encourages more than half a million students around the world to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. Students enter these projects at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.

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National History Day 2022 theme - Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences


The 2022 theme is Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. What does this mean to you? Find out more in the 2022 NHD Theme Book (PDF), which includes multiple articles introducing sample topic ideas.

Contest Information and Dates

Find more information about contests taking place in your district, how to participate in National History Day and Maryland History Day, and details about project categories.

Pratt Library Resources

The Pratt Library and State Library Resource Center have many resources that can help you conduct research.

Contact Pratt Central Library departments to ask about their unique resources and special collections. With a Pratt Library card you can also find articles in our collection from Periodicals and Newspapers, as well as many other databases and articles.

Use can also use your library card to access SAILOR databases including Heritage Quest, History Reference Center, and Explora.

Other Local Resources

Not finding what you need in the Pratt Library collections? These local institutions may have helpful resources.

Online Primary Source Collections

If you'd prefer to conduct your research entirely online, the following collections of primary sources may be helpful.

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Social Science & History Department

Social Science & History Department

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