New York City History Day
Sunday, March 5, 2017

About History Day

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center invites your students to participate in New York City History Day on Sunday, March 5, 2017. New York City History Day is an education program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the discovery and interpretation of historical topics. By participating in History Day, students can research topics related to the annual theme and can express themselves creatively through various formats such as exhibit boards, documentaries, websites, papers, and performances.

The History Day methodology supports teachers and schools as they work towards aligning curriculum and instructional priorities with Common Core Standards demonstrated through College and Career Ready student performance tasks. Read the report of how and where NHD aligns with the Common Core Standards here.

National History Day was awarded the prestigious 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. Read more about it here.

History Day 2016

"taking a stand in history"

Explore this year's National History Day theme by becoming a fan of the City Museum's Education Facebook page. Each week, the page will feature a new primary source relating to "Taking a Stand in History" from the City Museum’s Collections Portal.


  • Celebration and Launch: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 ; 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2017
  • NYC History Day Competition: Sunday, March 5, 2017
  • New York State History Day: T.B.D.
  • National History Day: June 11-15, 2017


Start preparing for New York City History Day 2017! Use the links below to learn about the theme, rules and categories.

celebration and launch

Wednesday, November 2, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Join us to launch the 27th Annual NYC History Day! Our event will highlight this year’s theme, Taking a Stand in History, strategies for research, and best practices for crafting a winning entry. Spend the evening at the Museum getting to know local archivists, touring exhibitions including Activist New York and Gay Gotham, and learning tips and tricks from past History Day participants.

Program includes:

  • Opening remarks, live student performance from the 2016 competition, and refreshments
  • Historian-led tours of Activist New York and Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York
  • Primary Source Fair with local archivists
  • “Creating an Entry” Workshop with the Manager of NYC History Day and winners from the 2016 competition
  • NHD Curriculum Materials and Research Resources



Educator and Parent Workshops
Have a student or child interested in participating in New York City History Day? Examine the 2017 NHD theme Taking a Stand in History through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions. Join us for the following Free Educator Evenings featuring curator-led tours followed by workshops showcasing best practices for participating in the 2017 competition.

Activist New York
Thursday, October 13, 5:00 – 7:00 pm


Gay Gotham: Art & Underground Culture in New York
Tuesday, October 18, 5:00 – 7:30 pm


Educator Preview: New York at Its Core
Tuesday, November 8, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Educators are invited to spend the November 8 professional learning day at the museum for a FREE preview of New York at Its Core and to learn about upcoming events for teachers, students, and families, including New York City History Day.


Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016
Tuesday, December 6, 5:00 – 7:30 pm


Student Workshops
Students can view projects from the 2016 New York City History Day program. Classes will have the opportunity to examine students' thesis statements and use of primary and secondary sources, learn about additional History Day categories, and find out how to participate in the 2017 New York City History Day competition. Call 917.492.3410 for more information.


Sample Student Work


New York City History Day at the Museum of the City of New York is made possible by:

Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation
Susan and Roy Glaser
Kathleen Benson Haskins


If you would like to receive more information about New York City History Day, please contact Stephanie Dueño, Manager of New York City History Day at or call 917.492.3410.