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National History Day is a fun event that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation and social skills. Working individually or in groups, junior (grades 6-8) and senior (9-12) division students select a topic related to an annual theme. They conduct extensive historical research using primary sources, articles, and books, then distill their research and analysis into a dramatic performance, multimedia documentary, museum exhibit, website, or research paper.

The 2021-2022 theme is 

Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences



  • AtoZ Maps Online
    A collection of 60,000 royalty-free maps that can be downloaded and printed. Map types include world, country, state, political, physical, outline, environmental, scientific, and antique maps.

  • Biography in Context
    Biographical essays on the world's most influential people.

  • Communications and Mass Media
    Nearly 3 million articles on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising, public relations, linguistics, and literature.

  • Military and Intelligence
    Covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs.

  • Pop Culture
    Useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses with resources that both analyze and contribute to popular culture.

  • U.S. History Collection
    Useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers, the database offers balanced coverage of events in U.S. history and scholarly work being established in the field.

  • War and Terrorism
    The database offers balanced coverage of both historic and contemporary topics in the fields of war and terrorism.

  • Washington Post Historical Newspapers
    Digitized Wasington Post articles from 1877-1997.

  • World History
    Offers balanced coverage of events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.





  • Diplomacy 101
    Dive into some of the most frequently asked questions about diplomacy.

  • The National Museum of American Diplomacy
    Tells the story of the history, practice, and challenges of American diplomacy. Through exhibitions and programs, we inspire the American public to discover diplomacy and how it impacts their lives every day.

  • Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
    National Archives resources on diplomacy and foreign policy.

  • Diplomacy and the White House
    Resources from the White House Historical Association.

  • George C. Marshall Foundation
    Exists to promote the values of selfless service, dedicated effort and strength of character exemplified by Marshall’s life and leadership in war and peace and to inspire new generations to follow his example as they face the challenges of the future.



Failure of Diplomacy:  Proclamation of Virginia Governor William Smith calling for volunteers to form a regiment for service in the war with Mexico, 1846.

These images are from the Montgomery Dent Corse Papers (MS065)

Proclamation of Virginia Governor William Smith

Muster Roll of Volunteers

Last Updated: October 2021