This year’s theme: Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in History

We are pleased to announce this year’s theme for National Capital History Day (drumroll, please!) — Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in History.

Explore the world — and beyond — with this year's theme. Credit: NASA.

Explore the world — and beyond — with this year’s theme. Credit: NASA.

This is an exciting theme for students and teachers in that it is very broad and allows our historians to examine everything and everyone from world explorers, space pioneers, athletic ambassadors and people who were the catalysts for social and political change around the world.

And we can’t emphasize enough the “around the world” part of this theme. Under its umbrella, students can research international history, Canadian history, regional history or local history, in any time period.

You can learn more about Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in History on our theme page. And if you’d like to start brainstorming some topic ideas, we’ve provided lots of examples on our sample topics page (with thanks to our friends at National History Day).

And don’t forget to sign up for the webinar on this year’s topic hosted by our friends at National History Day in the United States. Participation is open to any of our Canadian students and teachers — it gets started on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. ET.

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