National History Day 2011!

It’s the middle of the school year, and already students and teachers are beginning to do research for their National History Day projects.  This year the theme is “Debate & Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”

One of the great things about NHD is that these projects encourage middle and high school students to use primary sources in their research.  The Education Staff at the National Archives tries to reach out to teachers and students to help them use primary resources in the classroom. Many of these sources are available online. Our newly redesigned website features a section just for teachers and students.

We also have pages devoted to National History Day.  Check out our page for this year’s theme: National History Day Topics in ARC.  We have compiled a list of potential topics and provided links to help you search in our Archival Research Catalog (ARC).


In addition to searching in ARC, you can also check out DocsTeach, a website designed to help teachers introduce primary resources into classroom activities. DocsTeach is also ready for National History Day.  You can look at the documents, related to this year’s theme, by entering “nhd1011” into the search box or by clicking here.

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