Plimoth Patuxet Museums is proud to support National History Day. We are excited to work with students and teachers on projects that explore 17th-century colonial and Indigenous history.
What is National History Day?
National History Day (NHD) is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for students in Grades 6-12. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. NHD teaches students to:
Conduct in-depth research
Use primary and secondary sources
Work with libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews, and/or historic sites
Analyze and interpret their findings
Write and present their historical research
Let's brainstorm! Below are a few project ideas:
Diplomacy and Community Building in early New England, including the March 1621 alliance between Plymouth Colony and Pokanoket
The role of Tisquantum (Squanto), Epenow, Coneconam, and other Native people kidnapped from their homelands in early diplomacy.
The diplomacy leading up to and during the 1621 Harvest Feast (known as the “First Thanksgiving”)
The signing of the Mayflower Compact as an example of debate, conflict resolution, and community building
The Bridgewater Purchase (1649)
King Philip’s War (1675-1678)
The Environmental History of Historic Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Homeland
The impact of Mayflower’s arrival in New England (1620)
The role of religion in early New England