Skip to main content

History Day 2018-2019: Home

Welcome to History Day!

What is History Day?

ABOUT NATIONAL HISTORY DAY

National History Day is a non-profit organization that encourages students to engage in their own studies of history through a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for students in the 6th through 12th grades. Students create projects that can be entered in a national contest.

2019 THEME: TRIUMPH & TRAGEDY IN HISTORY

Every year, National History Day focuses on a different theme relevant across various areas of historical research. Learn more about the 2019 theme, "Triumph & Tragedy in History," on the History Day website.

What is a historical primary source?

DEFINITION: Primary sources are original sources created at the time a historical event occurs (or possibly afterwards) and are directly associated with their producer (or user). Essentially, a primary source is the subjective interpretation of a witness to an event. Primary sources serve as the raw materials historians use to interpret / analyze the past.

 

Some examples include:

 Diaries     Memoirs     Letters     Newspapers   
 Speeches     Newspapers     Interviews     Government Documents   
 Photographs     Works of Art     Wills  Video Recordings
 Maps  Manuscripts     Research Data     Ancient Artifacts