Breaking Barriers in History
Each year, National History Day® frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The 2019-2020 theme is Breaking Barriers in History. Click here to watch the Breaking Barriers in History theme webinar, and click here to view the webinar theme slides.
Scroll down for more information about the 2020 theme, as well as some helpful advice from filmmaker Ken Burns. But first, here is National History Day Executive Director Cathy Gorn with a look ahead to the 2021 theme, Communication in History: The Key to Understanding:
To enter the National History Day Contest, start by reading the Creating a Project page and contacting your State/Affiliate Coordinator to inquire about entering at the local or school level of your contest. The top two entries in each category at the Affiliate Contest level will be invited to the National Contest. Due to COVID-19, the National Contest will be held virtually, June 14-20, 2020.
Here's Ken Burns with some advice about what you can do to improve your Breaking Barriers in History projects:
WATCH Ken's introduction to his curated Breaking Barriers playlist for ideas and inspiration:
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