Each year, National History Day focuses on a different theme. It is important that the competition information you receive is accurate and up to date. Themes, competition categories, rules and deadlines can be found on the State History Day and National History Day websites.

What is National History Day?

National History Day LogoNational History Day is a yearlong educational activity for grades 6-12 that encourages young people to explore history and teaches them to understand historical issues, ideas, people, and events.

National History Day develops student skills in:

Program participants conduct in-depth research on individual topics related to an annual theme. Advancing through local, regional, state, and national competitions, students present their findings in formats ranging from traditional research papers to museum-type exhibits, live dramatic performances, and multimedia documentaries.

(excerpt from Missouri History Day website)

How can the National Churchill Museum help with History Day projects?

America's National Churchill Museum's collections reflect it's proud and innovative past. Once Westminster College settled on a suitable memorial to Winston Churchill's historic 1946 visit the public responded with vast donations. The Winston Churchill Memorial & Library was not opened until 1969; however, the institution began collecting in 1965. The museum has always been dedicated to the current Best Practices in collecting. Since receiving our National Designation the museum has been collecting more pro-actively than ever. We believe our collections will be a resource for generations to come. It was indeed these resources which fueled the multi-million dollar renovation in 2006.

Our Museum's vaults currently house over 10,000 objects and over 200 linear feet of archives and personal papers. This holding boasts several pieces of personal Churchill correspondence, original Churchill paintings, and one of the largest privately owned collections of Churchilliana.

The following list will provide you with a variety of broad topic ideas for your research paper. Once you have selected a topic, you can contact America's National Churchill Museum for primary source information about these topics. Click here for a printable version (PDF)

Winston Churchill

World War I

World War II

The Cold War


“Leave the past to history especially as I propose to write that history myself.”

Winston S. Churchill