National History Day

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.

Virginia History Day is a history competition for students grades six through twelve. To qualify for the State competition, students must place first or second in their category and age division at one of eight District levels competitions held throughout Virginia. The top two entries in each category and age division at the State level will compete at the National History Day finals held June 12-16, 2016 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Virginia History Day is conducted in conjunction with National History Day.

2016 Theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History

2016 Theme Book
2016 Sample Topic List Рwhich includes The Marshall Plan: Rebuilding Europe’s Economy through Exchange
Topic Selection Worksheet
Rule Book
2016 Informational Webinar
Virginia Regional Coordinators
Research Subject Guides

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Library staff at the Foundation have assisted many students with their research about George C. Marshall or the Marshall Plan. Please contact us:

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