Theme and Topics


2021 Theme: “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding”

Each year, National History Day selects a theme to guide student research.  The theme is intentionally broad, allowing students to choose topics from a variety of times and places from ancient history to the Twentieth century, and from local to global history topics.

Selecting a Topic

Narrowing Down an Area of Interest

Selecting a History Day topic involves gradually narrowing the field of research until the student has a specific event or story to tell.  An effective History Day project often explores a small story — an event, an invention, an individual’s contributions— in a way that helps the audience understand a larger history.

Topic Ideas: