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Theme 2022

The 2024 National History Day theme is

Turning Points in History


This year’s theme invites you to consider questions of time and place, cause and effect, change over time, and impact and significance.
A turning point in history is more than just an important event that happened a long time ago. It is more than a new idea or a particular action taken by an individual. A turning point is an idea, event, or action that directly, or sometimes indirectly, causes change.
The following resources are available to start defining your topic and begin your research.


2024 Contest Theme Book

2023 New Mexico History Day

Registration is open for the 2023 regional contests!

Feb. 24, Southern Regional Contest at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. Register at by Feb. 10.

March 3, Central Regional Contest, National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Register at by Feb. 17.

The Northwest Regional Contest in Farmington has been cancelled. Please contact if you need assistance in participating in one of the other contests.


The New Mexico State Library wants to help you with your National History Day Project. Use this guide as a way to explore the types of collections available within our walls, as well as, the digital content we make available to students all over New Mexico. If you don't see what you need, contact us. We have librarians here to help you with your research questions. Don't be shy, we look forward to helping you!


Places to Start

If you have questions regarding your National History Day project, please email us at Ask A Librarian. We are happy to help.


Our collection of ebooks, New Mexico Reads, primarily includes Southwest history and culture titles. It also includes some books on racism in America, and national topics such as the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.



El Portal provides both primary and secondary resources on a wide variety of subjects.

Amy Schaefer, Southwest Librarian

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Amy Schaefer
1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM

Researching at the New Mexico State Library

The New Mexico State Library has a large collection of historic New Mexico newspapers, books on the history and culture of New Mexico and the Southwest, and many state and federal documents, including those published by Congress and the New Mexico State Government.

We have in-building wifi, public computers, microfilm readers, in-house databases, and plenty of tables. Bring your I.D. to get a library card!

The New Mexico State Library is located at 1209 Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe. We are open M-F from 1 pm - 4:45 pm. If you have a question, please email or call us (505-476-9702); we are happy to help you with your National History Day Research.

We are located in the same building as the New Mexico State Archives and the Office of the New Mexico State Historian.

A lot of research is done in this building, come join us!