New York City History Day
Sunday, March 23, 2014

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 23, 2014. 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.

Generous support for New York City History Day is provided by Susan and Roy Glaser, and the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation.

History Day 2014

"Rights and Responsibilities 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 "Rights and Responsibilities in History" from the City Museum’s Collections Portal.

Important Dates

  • Celebration and Launch: Monday, October 21, 2013; 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Registration Deadline: February 14, 2014
  • NYC History Day Competition: Sunday March 23, 2014
  • New York State History Day: April 2014
  • National History Day: June 15-19, 2014

Getting Started

Start preparing for New York City History Day 2014! Use the links below to learn about the theme, rules and categories.

Contest Day

History Day was a great success!Did you participate in the 2014 competition? Check out the winners and complete an evaluation.


Have a student or child interested in participating in New York City History Day? Join us for the following workshops for parents and educators.

Informational Workshops
Thursday September 19 or 26, or November 21, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Review the step-by-step process for creating a project, look at examples of projects in various categories and review evaluation criteria for projects.

Content Workshop
Thursday, November 7, 4:30-6:30 pm

Learn how to implement the History Day methodology in the classroom through content based workshops. Using primary and secondary sources from the Museum's exhibitions, participants will learn the step-by-step process for creating a History Day project.

"Creating an Entry" Workshops (*students may attend)
Thursday, December 12, 4:30-6:30 pm: Documentaries and Exhibit Boards
Tuesday, December 17, 4:30-6:30 pm: Websites and Performances

Learn how to create a documentary, exhibit board, historical performance, or website. Meet with professional exhibition designers, website creators and script writers to draw out best practices for crafting History Day entries.

Five Borough Workshops
Interested in learning about New York City History Day in your own neighborhood? Call 917.492.3410 to find out more about workshops taking place through the five boroughs this fall.

Student Workshops
Students can view projects from the 2013 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 2014 New York City History Day competition. Call 917.492.3410 for more information.


Sample Student Work

Past Winners

  • View the winners of the 2013 NYC History Day Junior Division here.
  • View the winners of the 2013 NYC History Day Senior Division here.
  • View the winners of the 2013 NYC History Day Special Awards here.


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