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2020-2021 NHD Theme: “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding”

The National History Day Theme for 2021 will be “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” For projects competing at the Chicago Metro History Fair regional contests, topics must connect to this theme. Check out these great resources to get started with this year’s theme:

Explore the Theme

Topic Suggestions

Please note that as of 2020, there is no requirement for projects to relate to local (Chicago or Illinois) historical topics.

History in Action Awards

For the 2020-21 History Fair season, students may self-nominate their projects for the History in Action awards. Learn more about the awards on our Students page!

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