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Tuesday through Saturday10 a.m. - 5 p.m
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Indiana Experience Admission $5 Everyone$2 Access Pass HoldersFree Children under 5Free IHS MembersFree Educators and Military Free parking with admission in lot off New York.

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Steps for success

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!

Annual Theme

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 2020-2021 theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. As you look at topics, consider ways in which people communicate and have communicated throughout history.

By speaking:
Speeches, protests, important meetings and coups

By writing:
Newspapers, literature, letters

By seeing:
Advertisements, television, political cartoons, maps

Why is communication so important?

Just as the theme states, communication is the key to understanding. Communication builds relationships, delivers vital information, and bridges gaps among most living creatures.

As you explore this theme and possible topics, consider how situations might have turned out differently had there been no form of communication. 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.

For more information regarding the annual theme, visit the NHD website and download the Annual Theme Book.

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