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Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past.


The NHD theme provides:

  • a focused way to increase student’s historical understanding by developing a lens to read history

  • an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context, and

  • the ability to see connections over time.


Theme Video

California Theme Materials

Complete a short sign-up form to access California Theme Materials including Recorded Webinar

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(4 page PDF)

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(60 page PDF)