New York City History Day
Sunday, March 6, 2016

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 6, 2016. 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.

History Day 2016

"Exploration, Encounter, Exchange 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 "Exploration, Encounter, Exchange" from the City Museum’s Collections Portal.


  • Celebration and Launch: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 ; 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016
  • NYC History Day Competition: Sunday, March 6, 2016
  • NYC History Day Awards Ceremony: Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • New York State History Day: Monday, April 18, 2016
  • National History Day: June 12-16, 2016


Start preparing for New York City History Day 2016! Use the links below to learn about the theme, rules and categories.

Celebration and Launch

Wednesday, November 4, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Help us launch the 26th anniversary of NYC History Day with a special program highlighting this year’s theme, Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Learn how to participate in the 2016 competition by hearing from past participants and receiving free curriculum materials.



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 Workshop
Wednesday, October 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 19, 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" Workshop (*students may attend)
Thursday, December 10, 4:30-6:30 pm

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 2014 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 2015 New York City History Day competition. Call 917.492.3410 for more information.

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