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National History Day in Massachusetts

Choosing a Topic

When choosing a topic for your NHD project, here are some questions to consider:

  • What are some subjects you're interested in?  You can research any type of history for your project: Civil Rights history, sports history, history of science and engineering, music history, military history, etc.  How does history intersect with your hobbies or personal interests?
  • Think about the resources you have nearby.  Are there local museums or archives with information on your topic?   Do you have family or members of your community you can interview?  Do your local librarians have any suggestions?
  • How does your topic connect to the annual theme?
  • Can you find both primary and secondary sources about your topic?
  • What type of project do you want to create?  Will this topic fit well with the format you want to use?

Still stuck?  Visit Picking Your History Day Topic to explore potential topics by your areas of interest, or try one of these worksheets to help you narrow down a topic:

Browse these Massachusetts organizations' NHD theme pages to get inspired:

Or check out these NHD Partner Resources Pages to see theme lists from organizations around the country, like National History Day page from the National Museum of African American History and Culture!

Get Inspired at the MHS!

Passionate about African American history in Massachusetts? Curious to know what women did during the American RevolutionDon't know where to start? We've got you covered. Start with our 2023 Theme Page, and then check out our online collectionsvisit us in person, or use our Ask A Librarian Chat and Virtual Reference resources! Our staff are ready to help you find a unique topic that's just right for you.

The Massachusetts Historical Society is proud to be the State Affiliate Sponsor of NHD in MA.