National History Day

What is NHD?

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students.

By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. The experience culminates in a series of contests at the local and affiliate levels and an annual national competition in the nation’s capital in June.

How can WHS help?

The collections at WHS include thousands of primary sources! Letters, probate records, photographs, video interviews and newspapers are just some of the primary documents that are housed in our archival collection. Our object collection includes everyday artifacts but also physical connections to those who lived before us. Costumes and artwork make up the rest of our collection adding a human element to any project.

These collections can be viewed by appointment in our collections department. Visit the link here to schedule a time to view primary documents and objects related to your topic.

But What If I Don't Have a Topic?

Check out the potential project list WHS created! Each local history topic can be expanded or narrowed, and comes with suggested primary sources and artifacts form our collection. Please feel free to contact our Collections Department at archives@westporthistory.org for more information on any of these projects. Also take a look at some of the photographed pieces we have in our collection.