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    New York City History Day

    About History Day

    The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center invites your students to participate in New York City History Day on Sunday, March 11, 2018. 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. 

    Conflict & Compromise in History

    Explore this year's National History Day theme by becoming a fan of the Museum of the City of New York's Education Facebook page

    Important Dates and Information

    • NYC History Day Competition: Sunday, March 11, 2018
    • Deadline Extended: Registration will close on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. for all project categories. This is also the submission deadline for historical papers and websites
    • Registration fee is $10 per student. You can register without paying; final payment is due by March 9, 2018.


    Getting Started

    Start preparing for New York City History Day 2018! Use the links below to learn about the theme, rules, and categories.


    Educator and Parent Workshops
    Have a student or child interested in participating in New York City History Day? Examine the 2018 NHD theme “Conflict & Compromise” through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions. Fall 2017 workshops are listed below.

    Missed the workshops? You can schedule a session for your school by emailing

    Teacher Workshop: Conflict and Compromise in History
    Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 5:00–7:00 pm

    Discover conflict and compromise throughout New York City’s history using the Museum’s extraordinary exhibitions and collections. Engage with artifacts, photographs, maps, and other primary sources and walk away with new resources, teaching tools, and content knowledge to use in your classroom tomorrow!

    Resource Fair: Discovering Archives and Databases
    Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 4:00–6:00 pm

    Are you looking for primary resources for your classroom? Do you want to access an archive for your upcoming research project? Join us to meet archivists, learn where to access all of the resources New York City has to offer, and discover primary sources at the Museum! Students and teachers welcome.

    View a full list of institutions who participated.

    The following Professional Learning opportunities included History Day workshops this fall. 

    Free Educator Evening: Beyond Suffrage: A Century of Women in New York Politics
    Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 5:00–7:30 pm

    Chancellor’s Day: New and Now at the Museum of the City of New York
    Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 9:00 am–3:00 pm

    P Credit Course: NYCity Lab: Immigration
    Sunday, November 19, and Sunday, December 10, 2017, 9:00 am–4:00 pm

    Visit our Educator Events page to see upcoming programs for teachers.

    Student Workshops
    Students can view projects from the 2017 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 2018 New York City History Day competition.

    To find out more or schedule a workshop at your school, email or call 917.492.3371.

    Educator and Student Resources


    New York City History Day at the Museum of the City of New York is made possible by:
    Budd and Jane Goldman
    Susan and Roy Glaser
    Kathleen Benson Haskins


    If you would like to receive more information about New York City History Day, please contact Maggie Bordonaro at or call 917.492.3371.

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