Whether you have been creating NHDI projects for a while or are looking at creating your very first project, we have all the tools you need for success. We will guide you through the steps of creating a project, from learning about the annual theme, to research, to designing your project and presenting at a regional contest.
You can also take a look at some example projects from previous contest years. See what Indiana students have created in exhibits, performances, documentaries, websites and papers. Use them for inspiration, explore your interests, then begin your own project!
Each year, the National History Day offices select a theme to guide project creation. The annual theme is broad enough for you to pick a topic from any time period of place. The theme helps guide you to look for the impact and significance of your topic in history.
The 2019-2020 theme is Breaking Barriers in History. As you look at topics, consider all the forms a barrier can take. Is it a physical barrier? A cultural barrier? An idea? Does it prevent people from accomplishing something? Or going somewhere?
Take a look at people, places, inventions, politics, music, art, literature, law, science and more! The sky is the limit as you look at selecting a topic. Don’t forget to look at topics that are at least 20 years old; you want to have a topic where there is enough time to gain some historical context. You also want to choose a topic where you can find enough information through primary and secondary sources to adequately explore your topic.