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National History Day®(NHD) is a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland. Their annual contest engages students from grades 6 through 12 in original research and historical exploration. Students enter these projects at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Each year, National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The 2021-2022 theme is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. Download the 2021 Contest Theme Book here.
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As part of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium, National History Day has developed programming to help engage NHD teachers and students with the vast resources of the Library of Congress.
Correspondence between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton in 1804, leading up to their infamous duel. Their appointed seconds, Nathaniel Pendleton for Hamilton and William P. Van Ness for Burr, are also involved.
The WCTU was one of the largest and most influential women’s groups of the 19th century. They supported causes like the abstinence of alcohol, the protection of women and children at home and work, and women’s right to vote. There were chapters throughout the United States that fought at the local and state level to promote these causes.
The Political Study Club of Ithaca in Tompkins County, New York, was an outgrowth of the Equal Suffrage Section of the Ithaca Women’s Club, which had been formed in 1894. They fought for women's suffrage.
Belva Ann Lockwood (1830–1917), a noted lawyer and a National Equal Rights presidential candidate, was a native of Niagara County. Her lectures covered topics like “The New Woman,” “Equal Rights,” “Suffrage,” “On Marriage” and “Women in Professions.”
New-York Central College was an institution of higher learning founded by anti-slavery Baptists in 1849 in McGraw, New York. The college was notable because it educated blacks as well as whites in the time of southern slavery and northern segregation, and educated women with men at a time when few institutions of higher learning were co-educational.
Eugene Zimmerman, or Zim as he was more commonly known, was a world-famous cartoonist in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was an active citizen in Horseheads in Chemung County. Visit his home, which is now a museum, and check out his political cartoons, which speared and satirized the hot debates of his day.
Where should the county seat of Schuyler be? That debate raged for over twelve years until it was finally settled in Watkins Glen, rather than Montour Falls, in 1866. The Schuyler County Historical Society has many resources in their collection on the topic.