National History Day
October 15, 2013
Is history your favorite school subject? If so, National History Day could be the competition for you.
National History Day is a chance for students in grades 6-12 to learn about history in a new and innovative way. Students conduct extensive research on topics related to an annual theme (this year's theme is Rights and Responsibilities). Students then present their findings in one of five formal formats: a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a website. The program is administered by the State Historical Society of Missouri in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. The competitions are held at a local and regional level, with selected winners advancing to a state level competition. Top winners from the state level will go on to the national contest held in College Park, MD in June.
Mid-Continent Public Library has several Online Resources that can help you gather historical information. Whether you are writing a paper for school or just curious about a period in history, you should have a look at them. Here are a few I would suggest:
- Digital Sanborn Maps: a collection of historical maps for more than 12,000 cities and towns created between 1867 and 1970.
- HeritageQuest Online: search thousands of family and local history books. The resource also includes Revolutionary War records.
- American History Online: a comprehensive resource covering the most important people, events, and topics in US history.
- In the First Person: a primary resource that indexes personal narratives.
- Sabin Americana: a collection containing works published about the Americas throughout the world from 1500-1926.
- Historical Newspapers: a variety of U.S. newspapers published from the late 1800s to 2005.
- Times Digital Archive 1785-2006: access over two hundred years of "The Times of London" widely considered to be the world's "newspaper of record".
On October 26th, there will be a local meeting for anyone in the KC region interested in entering the 2014 National History Day competition. Here's the link for more information.
Youth Services Department