Skip to Content

National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture

National History Day

Show All 5 Collections

The NHD at NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid series are an assortment of selected documents, images, objects and videos that highlight the African American experience in relation to the NHD theme. Use these items as inspiration for a project topic, or use the items to help expand your research on a topic you have already selected. This series is designed to be self-guided by students and educators participating in National History Day.

NHD at NMAAHC Collection: Breaking Barriers in History

National Museum of African American History and Culture
66

NHD at NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid 2019: Triumph and Tragedy in History

National Museum of African American History and Culture
96

The NHD at NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid 2018: Conflict and Compromise in History

National Museum of African American History and Culture
75

Visual Arts

Show All 16 Collections

Did you know that NMAAHC has a visual arts collection? 

At the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we believe that art engages in a conversation with history while acting as a visual expression of contemporary thoughts and ideas. Through close reading of art works and contextual analysis, our arts resources seek to explore the links between history and art while celebrating the contribution of African Americans to the American art canon.

The essential questions of our arts education philosophy are:

1. What is visual art’s connection to historical events? Why is it important that we recognize these connections?

2. How do contemporary events shape artists’ responses in their art making?

3. What does studying art add to our understanding of historical events and time periods?

4. How can we incorporate the new concepts and ways of thinking we learn from studying visual art into our understanding and interpretation of history?

In Full Color: The Black Arts Movement of the 1960s-70s

National Museum of African American History and Culture
36

Please Do Touch the Paintings: Hands-on Art Projects from NMAAHC (Landscape)

National Museum of African American History and Culture
10

Read Between the Brushstrokes: Using Visual Art as a Historical Source ("Walking")

National Museum of African American History and Culture
12

Area Artists: Washington, D.C.

National Museum of African American History and Culture
13

STEM Experiments

Show All 5 Collections

This series of STEM Learning collections explores scientific concepts through hands-on experiments. 

A Celebration of African Americans at NASA

National Museum of African American History and Culture
44

Exploring Solar Power at NMAAHC

National Museum of African American History and Culture
18

Following in the footsteps of George Washington Carver: A history and gardening lesson

National Museum of African American History and Culture
21

Henrietta Lacks: The Mother of Modern Medicine

National Museum of African American History and Culture
10

Historical Inquiries

Show All 17 Collections

Historical thinking skills allow historians to better practice and interpret history. This series teaches students how to develop these skills to become better historians themselves.

Analyzing Images: Everyday Essential People

National Museum of African American History and Culture
31

NMAAHC's Press Play on History: African Americans during the First World War (1914 - 1918)

National Museum of African American History and Culture
30

African Americans, President Woodrow Wilson, and the First World War (1914-1918)

National Museum of African American History and Culture
51

History, Media, and Culture: African American Soldiers in the Civil War

National Museum of African American History and Culture
34

Discover: Buffalo Soldiers

National Museum of African American History and Culture
14

Becoming a Historian: Historical Context

National Museum of African American History and Culture
16