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South Carolina History Day Resources


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National History Day Rule Book

This should be your first step to participating in History Day. The book includes an overview of the program, general rules, category specific rules with examples, and information about judging. View the NHD Rule Book (Spanish version)

2019-2020 Theme Information

2020 NHD National Theme Logo


Breaking Barriers in History

The Breaking Barriers in History theme is complex and requires students to view history through multiple perspectives. At frst glance it seems fairly straightforward; however, sometimes things are not always what they seem. Your frst task is to think carefully and critically about what “breaking barriers” means before you choose a topic to research. Is there a physical or metaphorical barrier? Were they the first to do something? What were the effects of the barrier? Can a barrier be a positive thing? Keep these questions in mind when thinking about your project. 


This research guide created by Margaret Fain at Coastal's Kimbel Library focuses on sources for South Carolina topics.

York County Library Local History

National Register of Historic Places, South Carolina

History Makers is home to African American oral histories

LOC South Carolina Slave Narratives

National Park Service Virtual Museum Exhibits

Project Examples

2018 Senior Group Documentary (National 2nd place)

2018 Senior Individual Documentary (2nd in the room at nationals)

For more examples, please visit the national website.

Project Resources

Looking for an exhibit board? Check out Box Man, Inc.

Websites must be created with NHDWebCenteral. Visit to begin.

Creating a documentary? It can be as simple as a timed PowerPoint with sound, such as from Audacity. Here are some other products to help:  Windows Movie Maker, WeVideo, iMovie, or Lightworks.

Teacher Resources

We have resources available for you to use in the classroom. These include handouts, sample assignments, and even access to the NHD Guidebooks. Email the state coordinator at to be granted access.

The state coordinator is available for school visits with teachers, students, and parents. Email or call to schedule a visit.

The national office also offers professional development opportunities for teachers, such as workshops and online courses. To learn about these, visit their Professional Development site.