NATIONAL HISTORY DAY IN ARIZONA

 

NHDAZ Events, Workshops, and Competitions

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2023 Theme Book – Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences

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National History Day in Arizona is supported by a grant from Arizona Humanities.

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NHDAZ Students! We’re excited for another NHD cycle! Here you will find information about researching, how to access workshops, and other resources to help you create the best project possible! 

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History Education Workshops

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When many people think about Arizona, the first thing that comes to mind is Arizona as a frontier place–cowboys, settlers, miners, and sometimes (poorly

Henry Flipper, the first Black graduate from West Point and a land surveyor in Arizona.

portrayed) Indigenous and Mexican peoples. That’s just one way of looking at it! Frontiers can be physical or imagined boundaries between communities or nations, the limit of knowledge or achievement, or the edge of massive change. It’s all down to how YOU define it!

 

 

The stories of the Wild West have been told so many times it can be hard to separate fact from fiction from interpretation–but how can we find new ways of looking at the same stories? When thinking about Arizona and frontiers, there are some questions to consider: When did Arizona become a frontier? How many frontiers are there in Arizona? Is Arizona still a frontier place? Who is a pioneer? How are frontiers created, crossed, or rebuilt? For example, what role did white women settling in Arizona play in taming the Wild West? Were they crossing the frontier of gender and sexuality, or were they using established gender roles or even white supremacy to their advantage? Buffalo Soldiers were sent to Arizona to speed up the closing of the frontier and end the American Indian Wars, but did those Black soldiers open a new frontier for themselves? Does infamous “lawman” Wyatt Earp actually represent the end of Arizona’s Wild West days?

 

Negotiations following the final surrender of Geronimo, which ended the Indian Wars and “closed” Arizona’s frontier

If you are interested in geographical frontiers, you might consider looking at missions and presidios, the US-Mexico border, or the borders between Native Nations. How are the geographical borders also political or religious borders? How did people cross them, and what happened next? Could people find ways across social frontiers to work together, like Chinese laborers finding safety and security in Mexican neighborhoods?

 

If science is more your thing, did you know Pluto was discovered in Arizona? How did that discovery push the frontiers of science, and how has accumulated knowledge since then changed the borders between planet and something else? How do people live in a dry, hot climate like Arizona? You could consider how Indigenous people like the Hohokam worked with, not against, natural barriers and irrigated their fields. You could explore the arcology (architecture + ecology) of futuristic sites like Arcosanti and the Biosphere. Technological advances like the railroad and air conditioning made Arizona more habitable, but more habitable for whom? Who is left out of the future?

Have questions about finding local resources for your NHD project, or just need advice on how to start? Email us at [email protected]!

 

Chinese-Mexican refugees seeking aslyum in the US. How does Sinophobia create a new frontier in Arizona?

How do people remember frontiers?

How are frontiers still with us today?

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