New York City History Day
Sunday, March 8, 2015

About History Day

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center invites your students to participate in New York City History Day on Sunday, March 8, 2015. 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 express themselves creatively through various formats such as exhibit boards, documentaries, websites, papers, and performances. This year marks the event's 25th anniversary and is dedicated to the themes of Leadership and Legacy.

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.

Registration is now open! To participate, sign up by February 6. Students interested in entering the historical paper and website categories must also submit their projects by Feb. 6.

2015 Teacher & Student Prizes

NYC History Day

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center New York City History Day is pleased to present an Educators of the Year Award and Cash Prize. Two outstanding middle or high school NYCHD teachers—one from a public or charter school and one from a parochial or private school—will be awarded a cash prize of $2,500 each. Teachers who are passionate about history and committed to project-based learning through research are critical to student success in the social studies classroom. This new award will acknowledge educators’ outstanding contribution to history education through the NYC History Day program.

If you know an outstanding History Day educator, nominate him or her by January 30. Applications are due on February 6. Please note: In order to be eligible for this award, nominees must have students competing in the 2015 New York City History Day competition.

Nomination Form
Supplement Application Materials

As a demonstration of their commitment to historical research, the National Archives at New York City will sponsor a series of cash prizes for students. These awards will include the following:

  • First Place Awards
    To acknowledge the outstanding work of student participants and their exceptional entries, all first place winners will receive a cash prize of $250 per person / group.
  • Outstanding Use of Archival Sources
    This $250 prize per person/group is awarded in both the Junior and Senior divisions to an outstanding entry in any category that utilizes archival research. Each archive resource used for the entry must be noted in the Primary Source section of the Annotated Bibliography and follow proper NHD citation guidelines.

History Day 2015

Important Dates: "Leadership and Legacy in History"

  • Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
  • NYC History Day Competition: Sunday March 8, 2015
  • New York State History Day: Monday, April 27, 2015
  • National History Day: June 14-18, 2015

Getting Started

Use the links below to learn about the theme, rules and categories for New York City History Day 2015.

Sample Student Work


The City Museum is looking for historians, educators, and others to judge student projects at the 2015 contest. Evaluation and discussion with your fellow judges will be an all-day affair. An orientation session will be held at the Museum. In return for your time and effort, we will provide breakfast and lunch. (If you are interested in the website and/or paper categories, you will be contacted with additional information regarding specific judging processes.)


Special Paid Opportunity for Public Middle and High School Educators
In partnership with the New York City Department of Education, public middle and high school teachers are invited to attend three afterschool workshops, to be paid at per session rate. These workshops will focus on aspects of the National History Day program model to train public school teachers on locating and using primary sources with their students, critiquing and assessing research projects, and turn-keying content in the social studies classroom relating to this year’s theme, Leadership and Legacy. To serve as a judge, teachers must commit to attending each 2-hour afterschool workshop as well as the day-long competition. Each session will take place at the City Museum and include refreshments. Read the invitation from Eric Contreras, Executive Director of Social Studies at the Department of Education, and Franny Kent, Director of the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center here. Read the per session posting to learn how to apply.

  • Thursday, January 15, 4:30–6:30 pm – Introduction to NYC History Day and Judging Criteria
    Review the step-by-step process for creating a History Day project, look at examples of projects in various categories, and review evaluation criteria.
  • Thursday, January 22, 4:30–6:30 pm – Investigating Primary Sources and Primary Source Fair
    Learn how to access primary sources in local cultural and research institutions with the help of archivists and museum professionals. Explore strategies for analyzing primary source documents that can be used in any social studies classroom.
  • Thursday, February 5, 4:30–6:30 pm – Leadership and Legacy in History Historian Lecture
    Explore year’s theme with an in-depth lecture by Brett Palfreyman, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York, inspired by the Museum’s rarely seen collection of Thomas Jefferson letters.
  • Sunday, March 8, 8:00 am–3:00 pm – New York City History Day Competition
    Work with a small group of your peers to interview students, provide them with constructive feedback, and determine who will move on to the state competition.


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


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, New York City History Day Coordinator at or call 917.492.3410.