Lincoln Memorial University

Participate in National History Day!

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.

What is National History Day?


2019 National History Day Theme: Conflict and Compromise in History

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. 

Click Here to Access the 2019 Triumph and Tragedy Theme Book

Where can I compete in my state?

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.

Tennessee History Day website

Kentucky History Day website

Virginia History Day website

How can the ALLM be a resource to me?

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.

  • Monday, June 25, 2018, at 1:00pm: Using National History Day in the Classroom
  • Monday, July 23, 2018, at 1:00pm: Using the ALLM Archives for National History Day Projects
  • Monday, July 30, 2018, at 1:00pm: Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism in NHD Projects

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:

National History Day Archival Guide


Access the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum's resources:

Museum Lesson Plans (includes primary source and context lessons)

Online Exhibits


Access these free guides to accessing primary source databases online:

Chronicling America Guide

Library of Congress Guide

Tennessee Virtual Archive Guide

Virginia Memory Guide


Teachers, you can schedule a special NHD tour

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.


423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752