Encourage your students to do a national, state or local history project for National History Day. Every home town has interesting characters or events in its past. Every student has heard at least one story they will want to explore. The Historical Society is here to help your students with National History Day!
By working together we can help your students develop a super project, paper, or presentation!
Your students will need to:
- Choose a topic.
- Narrow the focus on their topic
- Write a list of resources they will try to find.
The best place to start with your research is the Library/Archives. Reference assistants will be available to help you, but please plan ahead! Call in advance to make sure the Library/Archives has the resources you need and to set up a time to meet with a reference assistant who can help you. Plan enough time. It takes time to work with primary resources and the reference assistants have many researchers to help!
1-800-833-6747, Library/Archives, Reference Room
471-4751 in Lincoln
NSHS can help your students locate valuable resources such as photos, diaries, court records, newspapers, and archeological records. For state and local research, we have the following resources to help them get started.
- Site records
- Publications documenting findings in Nebraska
- Historic Preservation
- Documentation of historic sites by county
- Library / Archives
- Local newspapers
- Census records
- Military records
- Court records
- Every issue of Nebraska History
History Day Critiques
What does it take to win at National History Day in Washington D.C.? Nebraska's state History Day contest winners find out with History Day Critiques. After winning a state contest, students send VHS images of their exhibit, documentary, or performance entries to the Nebraska State Historical Society where veteran Nebraska History Day staff and Nebraska State Historical Society staff review and record constructive feedback to the end of their VHS tape. Feedback for paper entries is provided via e-mails. Bibliographies are also critiqued. NSHS mails the feedback to the students well in time for use before National History Day contest in June. Information about this annual critique is provided in your state winner packet.
Learn more about National History Day in Nebraska: "What is History Day?", regional and state contest dates, locations, and entry information, plus teacher and student resources for developing your entry.
Learn more about National History Day: contest mission, contest information, pages for students, teachers, parents.
Winning History Day contestants from St. Isidore School in Columbus pose with their senator, Jennie Robak. These students met their senator at the 1998 History Day Celebration sponsored by the Nebraska State Historical Society at the State Capitol.
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