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NHD Theme: Breaking Barriers in History

Every year National History Day® frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the 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. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time.

NHD Resources

Exploring National History Day

Mr. History and friends introduce students to the National History Day program. In this video students learn about the basics of History Day and how to think about researching their topics.

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Visiting Spiva Library

Area teachers who are working with National History Day students are invited to bring their students to Spiva Library to utilize our resources (print & electronic).  Please contact the library to arrange a date at


Interlibrary Loan

Local area junior and high school strudents are considered community patrons unless they are enrolled in an MSSU course.  To request a book or the copy of an article from another library through Interlibrary Loan community patrons must have a library card ($15; $10 students) and finance a $4.00 base fee for each Interlibrary Loan request plus any additional fees required by the lending library.

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