Workshops & Assistance
Participate in a student or teacher workshop to learn more about National History Day, the annual theme and how to put together a great project.
View introductory videos to learn about using primary sources, newspapers and archives to research your topic and explore the various ways to present your work: as an exhibit, a website, a documentary, a paper or a performance. If you are interested in competing, you will also learn about this year’s contest, theme and rules.
- Theme Tutorial
- Documentary Category Introductory Video
- Exhibit Category Introductory Video
- Paper Category Introductory Video
- Performance Category Introductory Video
- Website Category Introductory Video
History Day Insider Tips
Insider Tips is a new webinar series brought to you by National History Day in Iowa. Series topics range from getting started to advanced tips of refining and improving your project to preparing to compete at district, state and national contests. All live webinars are interactive and will allow you the opportunity to ask questions. Recordings of past webinars will be available for viewing five days after the live webinar.
Virtual Office Hours
The National History Day in Iowa State Coordinator, Vania Boland is offering virtual office hours this year as a new tool to provide more feedback and assistance to students and teachers.
Get a jump start on your National History Day project and register for a History Lab this fall. History Labs are research open houses for students, teachers and parents to discover primary and secondary resources, special collections and to network with local librarians and historians. Each History Lab will start with an introduction to the library’s collection and provide a flexible time frame for attendees to explore. You are welcome to bring topic ideas and research materials to begin working on your project analysis.
Get assistance with research questions, project construction and feedback on your project and/or required written materials. Submit the mentorship request online and we will pair you with a National History Day in Iowa mentor.
Attend a one-day, hands-on workshop to improve your National History Day skills. Jump-start your project by learning about the year's theme, start your research and more. History Day 101 workshops are held in late summer each year.