The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) welcomes students and teachers from 6th-12th grades 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 Breaking Barriers in History. From our materials on African American soldier Benjamin Trail, to Union nurse Julia Wheelock, to Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, 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 on this link to access this year's theme book.
Located at the intersection of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia, the ALLM aids 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.
In the 2019-2020 season, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is proud to sponsor the Tennessee district competition for Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, and Union counties. If you are a teacher who is interested in participating in the district competition, consider attending our free July 30, 2019, professional development workshop (complete with stipend and lunch), or reach out to [email protected]
The ALLM is happy to provide research, development, and technical support to students
who are participating in National History Day. On July 30, 2019, Tennessee teachers are invited to the campus of Lincoln Memorial University
in MANS 300B for a special professional development workshop. This workshop is a joint presentation of the Tennessee Historical Society and Teaching
with Primary Sources – MTSU, which is administered by the Center for Historic Preservation.
Participants are introduced to Tennessee History Day, a year-long, project-based curriculum
that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation
of historical topics. Topics of discussion include: how do students benefit from History
Day? what projects can they develop? how does History Day lead to increased learning?
how can student performance be measured? what state standards does History Day meet?
what resources are available to teachers? Participants also are exposed to the Library
of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources program, which helps teachers use the rich
reservoir of digitized primary source materials to design challenging, high-quality
instruction. Workshop participants will focus on skill building for project-based
The workshop begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:30 pm in MANS 300B on the Lincoln Memorial University campus. Participating teachers receive a stipend, lunch, and curriculum resources. You can register for the workshop here. Contact ALLM Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet at [email protected] with questions.
If you are a local teacher in Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, or Union counties in TN; Bell County, KY; or Lee County, VA, we are happy to hold a National History Day workshop with your class, either in-person or by Skype. Please email [email protected] for more information.
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 “Conflict and Compromise” theme. To schedule an appointment, call 423-869-6235. Note your desire for Natalie to lead a National History Day tour when scheduling.