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National History Day: Breaking Barriers

This resource helps you through the 5 steps of Research for your National History Day Project.

National History Day Project


Each year, more than 500,000 participate in the National History Day Project. You will create a project using an annual theme. This year it is Breaking Barriers in History. You will use primary and secondary sources to inform your the content of your projects. 

You can chose the following formats for your project:

Project Categories

For more information about each project type, please click here or on the image.

5 Research Steps

Here is a step by step process for doing your research! 

NHD 5 Research Steps

For more information, click here for National History Day 2020 Breaking Barriers in History [pdf file].

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