National History Day (NHD) is an annual contest that receives funding from the NEH. Students create original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries based on their own research and enter them in local, state and national competitions. The NEH sponsors a special contest for NHD participants for excellence in making use of NEH’s Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers website. An award will be offered in both the junior and senior divisions of the competition to entries that make the best use of newspaper resources available at the site. To be eligible, projects must properly cite content from the Chronicling America website and note it in the primary sources section of their annotated bibliographies. National History Day runs throughout the year, but it culminates June 15th-19th at the University of Maryland, College Park, where the top contestants from all over America will compete.
Chronicling America is a resource that enables users to find important information in historic newspapers. The site provides free access to newspapers published after 1690. For example, a student researching the onset of World War I could select the appropriate dates in a search and find this article to support his or her essay on Gavrilo Princip’s motives for assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The website is jointly administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.