Your library, your resource for History Day 2020

National History Day is an annual academic program that engages over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world, including across Hennepin County, in conducting original research on historical topics of interest.

This year’s History Day research theme is Breaking Barriers in History and Hennepin County libraries have a variety of resources and services to help students in the community choose and create their History Day research projects.


Minneapolis Central Library is hosting History Day Hullabaloo, where students can get mini-lessons on a range of topics, plus one-to-one help from Minnesota Historical Society staff or a University of Minnesota mentor.

Recommended online resources

Hennepin County Library has many online resources students can access at the library or from home with a library card. Here are five go-to online resources for primary sources:

  • Explora Teen - Full-text articles from reference books and academic and popular periodicals about health, arts and literature, biography, current issues, geography, history and more. Includes primary sources, images and maps.
  • Points of View Reference Center - Essays on controversial topics that examine multiple sides of current issues. Includes charts, graphs, and research guides.
  • U.S. History in Context - Primary sources, secondary sources, and full-text journal articles covering all areas of U.S. History.
  • New York Times, Historical - Digitized images from the original newspapers, New York Daily Times (1851-1857) and New York Times (1857-1922) and beyond.
  • American Periodicals - Digitized images of periodicals published 1740-1940, includes historically significant children's and women's magazines, general and special interest magazines and journals.

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