Yesterday, I checked out National History Day’s website. I got to see the logo for this coming year’s theme. And, I like it.
The 2016 theme is “Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History.” I like the theme because, in my opinion, it focuses on how two things interact and react to form something new or change. Sometimes, that can be a good thing; other times, not so much.
Normally, just based on a literal interpretation of the theme, most topics would be about the 1600s-1800s exploration of Illinois. However, I think wherever you find change, you can find a topic. Wherever you find something new, you can find a topic. Exploration does not have to be a literal geographic term used to explore the earth’s surface. Exploration can take place in the mind, in the heart, and in the soul. The change resulting from that encounter can change history and how things are done. The theme can be just as personal as it is geographic.
On this site, here are some topics written about that could qualify as good topics for a project for National History Day.
1. Ernie Banks
2. Diane Nash
14. Howlin’ Wolf
16. Ray Bradbury
18. Charles Turzak
I think you can take almost any topic, research it on a personal level, and you would be able to show change between your topic and what it encounters.
It should be fun to see how this works this year.