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National History Day

About the National History Day Contest

Each year more than half a million students participate in the National History Day Contest. Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. Check the list of premium resources and special collections on this page that can help you find the information you need.

After you have analyzed and interpreted your sources, and have drawn a conclusion about the significance of your topic, you will then be able to present your work as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a website. Visit the National History Day Contest page for more information about the contest.

Special Collections of Reference Material

Gold Star Collection: More than 1,000 books, articles, and other historical and genealogical materials that document the economic, social, political, cultural, religious, and military history of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and Maryland. The collection is temporarily housed at Truxal Library at Anne Arundel Community College while the new Annapolis Regional Library is under construction.

Joan Cass Beck Collections: Comprised of nearly 1,400 books, journals and audio/visual materials on Anne Arundel County heritage, archaeology, history and preservation. Make arrangements to use the material in person by calling either 410-222-1318 or 410-222-7432.