National History Day Arkansas is an annual statewide history project and contest. The theme for 2023 is Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.

The Central Arkansas Library System has a many resources that can be helpful to your History Day research. Think about starting in the Children’s or YA Section to explore a few different topic areas before deciding on one. Check out these showcases from the Central Arkansas Library System’s card catalog on topics related to Frontiers in History.

Don’t live in CALS service area (Pulaski or Perry counties)? Then check with your local library to see if they have these titles or visit and browse the shelves to inspiration.

Frontiers in ARKANSAS History

Arkansas history is full of frontiers of all types – literal and otherwise. These include sites, figures, and culture surrounding geographical and other literal frontiers; biographies of artists, scientists, and other path-breakers from Arkansas; and explorations of creative and imaginative approaches to frontiers of all kinds.

  • Check out these topic lists from CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas.
    • The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. It is updated regularly to ensure the people of Arkansas have an accurate and accessible resource to explore our heritage. It will also benefit people outside the state who are seeking information about Arkansas. We invite you to browse our text entries and media galleries to learn more about the people, places, events, legends, and lore of the 25th state.

Explore these collections from CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies below and discover possible primary sources to support your project.

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