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.

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.

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"

  • New York State History Day: Monday, April 27, 2015
  • National History Day: June 14-18, 2015

2015 Winners


Sample Student Work


Are you a New York City History Day alumnus? Help us build our network! Share your contact information and story. Receive information upcoming programming and news about History Day internship opportunities.



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.