Wyoming State Library-Library Development Office
Chris Van Burgh
Database Instruction Librarian
What is History Day?
National History Day engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.
For more information, go to the National History Day site: http://www.nhd.org
Possible topics and sources in GoWYLD
These resources are available in all Wyoming public libraries and schools. Students may also access them remotely from home. You will need your library card number and pin (wyld).
You will find sources for history, science, and social issues; databases with primary and secondary sources, as well as images, video, full-text articles, and encyclopedias.
On GoWYLD.net, you will find the resources accessible alphabetically or by subject.
World History In Context Search Haitian Revolution or Iranian Revolution. Here you will find an in depth background article, reference items, primary source documents.
Culturegrams Find background information on countries and cultures of the world, including family customs, religion.
Biography In Context Search Betty Friedan, Nat Turner, William Jennings Bryan or Lech Walesa.
History Study Center Take a look at the History Study Units and the Historical Documents. For example, search Easter Uprising. Check out the Study unit which includes a topic overview, biographies, primary sources, articles and images. Search Historical Documents for Magna Carta.
Search Proquest Arts for The Astor Place Riots or John Singleton Copley.
For local history, be sure to check out the Wyoming Newspaper Project. Search by name, town, county. Find out what was happening locally and nationally. You can find many ideas for WY topics here, http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/Archives/HistoryDay.aspx
from WY Newspapers. Cheyenne Leader Oct. 21, 1868
Other LibGuides, websites and History Day handouts
GoWYLD Databases with primary source documents
Other Sources for Primary Source Documents
Images, statistics, government reports, newspapers, political cartoons.