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Each year, National History Day® chooses a historical theme that provides a framework for students’ research. The purposefully broad theme encourages investigation into local, national, or world history from any period of time. Conducting historical research through the focused lens provided by the annual theme allows students to develop perspective, make connections over time, and place their topics into historical context by considering the time and circumstances associated with their topics.

The 2019-2020 theme is Breaking Barriers in History.

REMEMBER: Projects are required to clearly relate to the annual theme and will be judged on how well the theme is tied into conclusions about the topic’s significance in history.