The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) welcomes students and teachers who are interested in conducting research for National History Day. As one of the largest privately held collections of items and books on the life of Abraham Lincoln, the ALLM can aid students as they search for primary sources. Likewise, the Museum staff possess a wide range of research and technical abilities, and are happy to mentor students through the research, writing, and technical processes.
This year's NHD theme is Triump and Tragedy. With a considerable number of sources that detail both triumph (such as John L. Worden's personal papers USS Monitor papers) and tragedy (Lincoln's assassination), the ALLM is prepared to assist you as you explore and write about a topic related to this year's theme. Each year, NHD provides a theme book to guide student projects.
Located at the intersection of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia, the ALLM is pleased to aid any student or teacher in the surrounding area who may be interested in participating in National History Day. Click on the links below to learn how you can compete in your home state.
The ALLM is happy to provide research, development, and technical support to teachers who are participating in National History Day. During Summer 2018, we will hold free professional development workshops for teachers who seek to use the Museum to guide their students. Each workshop is two hours in length.
Participating teachers will receive a Certificate of Participation (not a university credit or CEU) at the end of the workshop.
Access this free National History Day Archival Guide to learn about the collections your students can explore at the ALLM:
Access the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum's resources:
Access these free guides to accessing primary source databases online:
Are your students looking for inspiration for National History Day? Schedule a special tour of our galleries where Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet can talk to your students about the various subjects your students might base their projects on as they work on this year’s “Triumph and Tragedy” theme. To schedule an appointment, call 423-869-6235. Note your desire for Natalie to lead a National History Day tour when scheduling.