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National History Day in North Dakota

National History Day 2019: Triumph and Tragedy in History

State Competition
April 12, 2019

ND Heritage Center & State Museum

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Erik Holland
NHDinND Affiliate Coordinator

The National History Day theme for 2019 is Triumph & Tragedy in History. This broad theme allows you to examine times in history when a triumph or tragedy arose and examine the factors that contributed to the development of the event, its influence on history, and the effect it had in the surrounding community. Your topic could focus on North Dakota or on a historical movement from around the world. Researching political movements, military stances, or emergence of leadership roles may all lead to great topics! Make sure to think about why this event happened. What was the outcome? There are plenty of recent and historical events that occurred in North Dakota with both triumph and tragedy.

Remember when developing your National History Day theme and project to consider all of the important questions. Who was involved? What happened? Where and when did it occur? Why did it happen? Most importantly, ask yourself, "So what?" What was the impact of the triumph or tragedy? How did it affect the culture, lives, or environment of the world? Why is this topic important, and why must we understand the effects of it today? These questions should help you as you begin to research primary sources about Triumph & Tragedy in History. This 4T's Graphic Organizer helps students examine historical context within the theme Triumph & Tragedy in History.

Use of primary source material from the North Dakota State Archives in your project will not only improve the overall quality of the project, but will provide you with a deeper understanding of North Dakota history and how to use an archives. With the help of the primary sources available at the State Historical Society of North Dakota, you are sure to find an interesting topic featuring North Dakota!

These finding aids contain the collection number and a brief description for some archival collections that will provide primary and secondary sources supporting the 2019 National History Day theme, Triumph & Tragedy in History.

Finding Aids on Triumph & Tragedy in History in North Dakota History:

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National History Day Resources

Natonal History Day - North Dakota Link to National Archives website

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