Visit these sites for official participation information
Important dates to remember
- Howard County History Day: TBA
- Maryland History Day at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County :
- National History Day competition at the University of Maryland College Park : June 14 – 18, 2020
HCLS History Day Assistance
HCLS online tools featuring primary sources
American Periodicals: Search more than 1,500 magazines and journals published between 1740 and 1940 on topics including general interest, scholarly research, and professional/trade news.
Archives Unbound: Search primary source materials related to Maryland history, such as Maryland’s city and business directories from 1752-1929, letters and reports from the War of 1812, and Confederate newspapers.
Baltimore Afro-American Archives (1893 – 1988): Often called The Afro, this weekly newspaper was the most widely circulated African American paper on the Atlantic coast. It was the first black newspaper to have correspondents reporting on World War II as well as foreign correspondents and female sports correspondents.
Baltimore Sun Archives (1837 – 1993)
Indigenous Peoples of North America: Find short films, photos, newspaper articles, manuscripts, and much more about Native Americans.
Liberty Magazine (1924-1950): This once-popular weekly U.S. magazine featured guest articles by some of the biggest politicians, celebrities, authors, and artists of the 20th Century.
Life Magazine Archive (1936 – 2000): Life was a popular photojournalism magazine featuring story-telling through documentary photographs and informative captions, providing subscribers with intimate views of real people and their real life situations.
National Geographic Virtual Library: Includes National Geographic magazine from 1888 to the present as well as recent issues of National Geographic Traveler.
New York Times Archives: Search back issues of The New York Times from 1851 – 2015.
Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers: Features urban and rural papers throughout America in the 1800s, with an emphasis on topics such as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration, and Antebellum-era life.
Smithsonian Collections Online: Includes back issues of Smithsonian and Air & Space magazines from 1970 – 2010, as well as the most recent issues.
Time Magazine Archive (1923 – 2000): Each issue of this prominent weekly magazine was intended to be read in under an hour. Time featured current events, politics, sports, and entertainment news and is an important resource for researchers studying 20th-Century history.
HCLS History Day classes
Assigned a National History Day project? Our research experts teach you their tips and tools. Meet history day judges, and learn strategies to locate sources. Ages 11-17, with parent.
There are 1 upcoming classes.
Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American HistoryDate: 07/13/2020
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Branch: Online Branch
Age group: Ages 14 - 17 (High School), Ages 18+ (Adults), All Ages / Families
Program type: History & Genealogy
With Disney+ streaming Hamilton this July, everyone’s talking about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical. Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have even rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: the Musical puts center stage.
In this talk, which is aimed at people who know the soundtrack or who’ve seen the show, University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell explores this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business. We’ll learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United Sates and about why all that matters. We will examine some of the choices Hamilton’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based. We will also talk about Hamilton’s cultural impact: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other about who we are and about the nation we made?
Please register with an email address to receive an immediate registration confirmation. You will receive the link to the online class in the confirmation email. If you prefer to call in by phone, please register for the class online and then email [email protected] to request the dial-in information at least 1 business day in advance.