Assigning reports? Instead of a paper, try this:
Pick the name of a person in history. Ask: what documents would be important to show their life?Research the docs that support their life, professional contributions etc. Create a portfolio (make a large folder and include the documents, artifacts and/or images with brief explanations.
Example: If researching Elizabeth Cady Stanton; perhaps include: the Declaration of Sentiments, a map of Seneca Falls, a copy of a brochure, her obituary, some of her writings, and some images. Start with the Library of Congress to find a copy of the Declaration.
Try the National Park Service (use "women's suffrage" as your search tern - but try others also).