Virtual Programs 2022

National History Day has partnered with museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions across the United States to offer dynamic programming for students and teachers during contest week. From virtual field trips to showcases featuring students' contest entries to engaging activities and professional development opportunities, we have a week's worth of fun virtual events for you to enjoy!

National History Day does not censor National Contest entries based upon content. This means that the views and opinions expressed in student entries are those of the students and/or the sources cited in their projects. They may not and often do not represent the views or opinions of National History Day, Inc. or its donors, sponsors, supporters, partners, or affiliates.

NHD-Explore Virtual Field Trips
Welcome to our virtual NHD-Explore (NHDx) program! This year, NHDx is offering virtual museum tours from places across the country that you can participate whether from home or at school. Students and teachers (as well as parents) can sign up for a program to attend, led by a live tour guide with the opportunity to ask questions and get inspiration for next year’s theme: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas. Attendees even get entered in a raffle for a gift card! Below are the participating museums and descriptions of their offerings. All programs are listed in Eastern Time. Please Note: NHDx programs are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Registration for all programs starts at 10 AM ET on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. If you have any questions, please email programs@nhd.org.
NHDx registration is closed. Questions? Email programs@nhd.org.

Monday, June 13, 2022 Events


Frontiers of History Through Portraiture with the National Portrait Gallery

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Time: 11 AM ET
Description: Meet the politicians, pioneers, scientists, and more from yesterday and today who defined the frontiers of history in the United States. Learn about those in the forefront of their fields that shaped the course of American history. Students will analyze portraits to learn about the diverse and significant contributions to American society made by individuals in the Portrait Gallery’s collection.


1910s: The Rogarshevsky Family with the Tenement Museum

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Time: 12 PM ET
Description: The Rogarshevsky Family story features a Jewish American family and their 1911 tenement home. Students learn about the push and pull factors of their immigration, their journey through Ellis Island, their work in the garment industry, and the obstacles they faced at a time of industrialization. This program is designed for junior division (grades 6-8) students.


1930s: The Baldizzi Family with the Tenement Museum
Time: 12 PM ET
Description: This story features an Italian American family and their 1935 tenement home. By exploring a ship manifest and 1924 newspaper clips, students learn about the family’s immigration and the laws that created obstacles for their journey to the United States. This program is designed for senior division (grades 9-12) students.
Journey to Statehood - Mississippi and the New Frontier with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Time: 1 PM ET
Description: Mississippi was America’s new frontier. However, prior to the nineteenth century, Native Americans thrived throughout the Mississippi River Valley region for generations. Why did the United States expand westward to Mississippi? What caused Mississippi’s dramatic shift from an untamed region to one of the richest states in the nation? Join museum staff as we explore these questions and more in the Museum of Mississippi History.
Latinos in World War II with the National WWII Museum

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Time: 2 PM ET
Description: World War II both offered Latinos new opportunities and presented them with new challenges. Because Latinos did not serve in segregated units, as African Americans did, their World War II history has often been overlooked. How can we recover and examine those lost histories? Students will learn about Latino WWII soldiers and heroes, as well as discuss issues of ethnicity and acculturation on the Home Front.


Enslaved People of Mount Vernon with George Washington's Mount Vernon

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Time: 3 PM ET
Description: This analysis-based program virtually connects students and teachers with individual members of the enslaved community while discussing the institution and legacy of slavery at Mount Vernon. This interactive tour will use the private collections of Mount Vernon, historic grounds, and thinking routines to teach about lives, jobs, and relationships of the enslaved community and the institution that fought to take away their humanity. The students will gain digital access to original primary source documents, objects, and places.


Tuesday, June 14, 2022 Events


Be Washington Simulation with George Washington's Mount Vernon

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Time: 10 AM ET
Description: As a class, step into the boots of President Washington and decide how the new president should handle a national crisis head-on. Then join Mount Vernon experts to learn more about George Washington, challenges he faced during his leadership, and the lasting impact of his decisions on the world today.


Franklin D. Roosevelt: Pioneer of Presidential Library System with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

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Time: 11 AM ET
Description: Though the concept of the ‘presidential Library’ was developed by George Washington, it was Franklin Roosevelt who made the idea a reality. This session explores the history of the Presidential Library System and its purpose, philosophy, and practices, and offers insight into its enormous volume of primary source documents.


The History of LGBTQ+ Activism in the United States with the New York Historical Society

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Time: 12 PM ET
Description: From the Stonewall Uprising in 1969 to fighting for the landmark Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality in 2015, in this series students are asked to think about how and why people protest for LGBTQIA+ visibility, rights, and protective laws.


The Story of the Oklahoma City Bombings with the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Time: 2 PM ET
Description: The interactive tours allow guests to experience the story of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, and the days, weeks, and years that followed. Join in to hear the remarkable journey of loss, resilience, justice, and hope.
What is Liberty? Virtual Tour with the National Liberty Museum

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Time: 3 PM ET
Description: During this virtual tour experience, students identify the meaning of liberty by exploring the Museum’s galleries. Through multimedia presentations, exhibition discovery, interactive activities, and meaningful discussion, students will learn about symbols of liberty throughout history and be introduced to people from around the world who did extraordinary things to protect and expand the boundaries of freedom for all.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 Events


Life in a Seaport Town with Mystic Seaport Museum
Time: 10 AM ET
Description: Students will learn about what life was like in a coastal town in the 1800s. Using a combination of brief videos, artifact analysis, and live tours of vessels and exhibits from the grounds of Mystic Seaport Museum, students will have the opportunity to learn about what it was like to go to school, work in a trade, and participate in domestic life in a maritime community.
Life in a Colonial Town with Old Sturbridge Village
Time: 11 AM ET
Description: In this 45-minute virtual experience, a knowledgeable educator utilizes 3D tours of several of the Village’s buildings to explore different themes live for a class of students. Peek behind counters and zoom in on artifacts to get closer than you ever have before. Tour topics include: the district schoolhouse and education in the 1800s; 19th-century commerce and the Asa Knight Store; and a general Village tour will be available later this Fall.
Japanese Americans in World War II with the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center

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Time: 12 PM ET
Description: Students will learn about the draft resistance movement and the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee. They will compare this movement to Japanese American service members during World War II. By comparing the two, students determine if there is a relationship between patriotism and political resistance.


Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery with the Frazier Kentucky History Museum
Time: 2 PM ET
Description: During this interactive virtual visit, students will retrace the two-year journey of the Corps of Discovery and learn about local connections to their historic trek west within the Lewis and Clark Experience exhibit. Students play an integral role in the learning as they steer the talking points by making predictions along the way.
Thursday, June 16, 2022 Events


The History of the USS New Jersey with the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial
Time: 10 AM ET
Description: Through the advent of video conferencing, students can “visit” the Battleship New Jersey for battleship classes while learning about topics which correlate to your curriculum. This interactive experience is supplemented by virtual reality demonstrations, oral history video clips, and artifacts which enhance the objectives of the lesson.
"Welcome Aboard! Highlights of the Intrepid Museum with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Time: 11 AM ET
Description: An educator will take your group on a virtual tour of the Intrepid Museum, where students will learn about the history of the ship and the crew who served from 1943-1974.
Rhode Island and the Transatlantic Slave Trade with the John Brown House Museum
Time: 12 PM ET
Description: Meet with museum educators as they illustrate and explain Rhode Island's deep connections to the Transatlantic slave trade through a discussion of one specific voyage, The Sally, and a culminating activity called the "Web of Connectivity. The activity aims to show the relationships that stretched from the city to the sea in the global enterprise of the slave trade.
Virtual Tour with the National Museum of the Marine Corps
Time: 2 PM ET
Description: Join the National Museum of the Marine Corps on this virtual tour of their museum. Learn about the history of the U.S. Marines, their essential participation in our nation's military history, and their heroism during battle.
Friday, June 17, 2022 Events


When Women Lost the Vote with the Museum of the American Revolution

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Time: 10 AM ET
Description: Students are invited to take a live tour of our Virtual Museum with a Museum Educator, using the stories and experiences of real people of the Revolutionary Era to make personal connections to major events and smaller moments of the American Revolution. Along the way, they’ll tackle key questions about the Revolution and about the world today.


Exploring the History of Carousels with the New England Carousel Museum
Time: 10 AM ET
Description: An overview of the evolution of the carousel from 17th century Europe to the modern day. Learn about how carousel animals are constructed as well as the different styles of carving, and how this art has evolved over time.
Conspiracy Theories about JFK's Assassination with the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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Time: 11 AM ET
Description: Have you ever wondered what myths and conspiracies surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy have been debunked? How do we determine whether these theories are possible, improbable, or impossible? In this program, staff from the Museum will discuss five of the most commonly mentioned myths and conspiracies.


Exploring Spanish Missions with the Bullock Texas State History Museum
Time: 12 PM ET
Description: Why did the Spanish build missions to incorporate Native Americans into European language and culture and the Catholic religion? How did the missions effect the Native Americans living in Texas? Were these missions a success or a failure? Explore these questions alongside a museum educator using maps, timelines, and historical information.
NHD 2022 Virtual Showcases

National History Day is excited to partner with D.C. cultural institutions—including Ford's Theatre, National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian, Planet Word, the Smithsonian Institution's Asian Pacific American Center, and White House Historical Association—to showcase competitively selected student projects from all of the NHD categories.
National Museum of African American History & Culture Documentary Showcase
Description: NHD students whose films were selected for the showcase grappled with topics consistent with the mission of the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Their documentaries address topics of African or African American history, civil and human rights, and the experiences of historically underrepresented, marginalized, or subjugated peoples.
Explore here.
National Museum of American History Exhibit Showcase
Description: The National Museum of American History Exhibit Showcase highlights students projects, selected by NHD affiliate coordinators, that address topics relevant to students' own states’ or local communities’ histories.
Explore here.
White House Historical Association Paper Showcase
Description: The 2022 White House Historical Association Paper Showcase will highlight National History Day papers about the history of the White House and/or the U.S. Presidency.
Explore here.
Ford's Theatre Performance Showcase
Description: The 2022 Ford’s Theatre Performance Showcase will highlight National History Day performances that show the legacy of Abraham Lincoln's ideas, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement with a focus on African American history and civic engagement.
Explore here.
Planet Word Website Showcase
Description: NHD students whose websites were selected for the showcase grappled with topics consistent with the mission of Planet Word. The 2022 Planet Word Virtual Website Showcase presents NHD projects featuring writers, linguists, journalists, and others who changed the world using the power of words.
Explore here.
In Language, There is Life: I ka 'ōlelo nō ke ola Showcase
Description: In this special In Language, There is Life: I ka 'ōlelo nō ke ola Showcase, middle and high school students from Hawai'i who completed a National History Day project were invited to submit their projects, which were screened and selected by the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Institution's Asian Pacific American Center staff. This year's showcase allows for a national audience to experience these student projects in a language that UNESCO has deemed "in danger." All projects are completed in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian).
Explore here.
NHD Contest Events

Sunday, June 12, 2022 Events


NHD 2022 Welcome Ceremony
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Watch here.
NHD Virtual Button Hunt
Description: Can you find all the NHD 2022 affiliate buttons? Follow NHD’s social media, explore nhd.org, and check out our live events and programs during contest week to find them all! The first 50 students to complete the Virtual Button Scavenger Hunt will receive a limited edition NHD button. All completed Virtual Button worksheets should be sent to virtual.buttonhunt@nhd.org by Saturday, June 18, 2022.
Download your checklist.
Monday, June 13, 2022 Events


NHD Sock Hop (Student Dance)
Time: 7:00-7:30 p.m. ET
Description: Put on your NHD socks and join us for the Student Sock Hop! NHD’s own DJ Lady E will be hosting a virtual student dance on Zoom. There may be a few Virtual Button Hunt buttons released throughout the dance party. Keep your eye out for some virtual button hunt buttons in that video too! Please note: The first 500 participants will be admitted to the NHD Sock Hop.
Watch Student Dance Recording



Thursday, June 16, 2022 Events


NHD Virtual Trivia
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET
Description: Think you really know all about NHD? Join hosts Dr. Cathy Gorn and Erikka Washington and test your knowledge of NHD and Debate & Diplomacy in History trivia! There may be a few Virtual Button Hunt buttons released throughout the trivia game. Please note: The first 500 participants will be admitted to the virtual trivia game.



Saturday, June 18, 2022 Events


NHD 2022 Awards Ceremony
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Watch here.
2023 NHD Theme

Visit NHD's theme page to learn more about the 2023 NHD theme, Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas!