New York City History Day

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The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center hosted the 30th Annual New York City History Day on Sunday, March 1, 2020. This year’s NHD theme is “Breaking Barriers in History.”

Congratulations to our student winners of the 2020 New York City History DayClick here to see all category and special award winners from the March 1, 2020 competition. 

This year the New York City History Day Awards Ceremony was streamed live from the Museum of the City of New York on March 11, 2020. To watch the ceremony, visit the Museum's YouTube channel.  

Advancing to the State Contest

First and second place winners in all junior and senior project categories will advance to New York State History Day. This year, all third place winners in the exhibit categories—junior and senior, individual and group— will also advance, as will third place winners in the senior paper category.

New York State History Day

New York State History Day will be held virtually this year and is hosted by National History Day. For questions about registration for the state contest, please email

Student Registration Fees

If you have not yet paid your student registration fee, please submit payment by check directly to the Museum of the City of New York. Checks should be made out to New York City History Day and mailed to 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029.

Questions? Email

Preparing for Competition Day

Student and Educator Agenda
The schedule for New York City History Day on Sunday, March 1 at a glance.

Student Guide to Preparing for the Competition
All educators and students must review this guide to learn about their arrival time, their set-up requirements, and if their category will have a run-off round.

Questions Judges May Ask
Review the questions judges may ask during student interviews and practice presenting your research.




The Museum of the City of New York has your New York City History Day toolkit!

Discover guides for moving from research topic to primary source analysis to crafting thesis statements. Explore sources from the MCNY collection. Find out more about our Museum and in-school workshops. And finally, learn how to register and prepare for History Day!

Check out what’s available in the menu below.

New York History Day Toolkit



About the New Website Platform: NHDwebcentral

NHDwebcentral, the new website platform is live!

National History Day has created a new development platform for students competing within the website category! Visit to find instructional guides and videos, continuously updated frequently asked questions, and a demo of a sample website.

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About New York City History Day


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 30th Annual New York City History Day will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2020. This year’s theme is “Breaking Barriers in History.”

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 hereNational History Day was awarded the prestigious 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.

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Registration Information


Registration will open on Monday, January 6, 2020. Registration will close on Monday, February 3, 2020.

This is the deadline for all student participants to register and the submission deadline for all papers and websites. Please note, schools may not submit more than three entries per category per division.

Registration instructions and a direct link to the contest registration are now available at the top of this webpage. If you have any questions about the registration process, please email

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Resources for Starting your Research

We’ve compiled a list of resources for students and educators designed to guide you through the History Day research process. Check out what’s available below.

National History Day 2020 Theme Book
Check out this year’s National History Day publications exploring this year’s theme “Breaking Barriers in History.”

2020 New York City History Day Info Packet
Our info packet provides an overview of the competition, a month-by-month schedule for student work, and sample topics drawn from New York City’s rich history.

National History Day Contest Rule Book
Find out the rules for all History Day project categories and examine the judging rubric and evaluation sheet.

New York State History Day Website
Winners of New York City History Day advance to the state contest. This year’s New York State History Day is Monday, April 27, 2020 at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY.

National History Day Website
Winners of New York State History advance to the national contest. The 2020 national contest will be held June 14-18, 2020 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

History Day Student Planning Guide
This guide for students outlines the research process, from picking a topic to developing a thesis statement. It also includes some great online databases and archives for primary research.

MCNY Analyzing Primary Sources Worksheet
Use this sample worksheet to help you unpack your primary sources and use them to build your historical argument.

Museum of the City of New York Collections Portal
Explore over 200,000 objects drawn from the collection of the Museum of the City of New York and find great sources to support your History Day project. Check out our New York City History Day lightbox for sources related to this year’s theme: “Breaking Barriers in History.”

National History Day Teacher Resources
Find educator resources to help you implement National History Day in your classroom.

History Day Project Categories
Learn about the five different kinds of History Day projects you can create and find links to project examples.

NYC Research Institutions
Check out this list of New York City research institutions, archives, and libraries to jump-start your research.

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Our workshops are designed to introduce students and educators to the process of conducting primary source research, crafting winning thesis statements, and connecting to the annual theme—all utilizing the Museum’s incredible slate of exhibitions.

History Day Field Trips at MCNY
Examine the 2020 NHD theme “Breaking Barriers in History” through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions. Students will view projects from past History Day programs, analyze sources within our galleries, and learn more about the competition.

In-school History Day Workshops
Our educators will visit your classroom to guide students through various stages of the NHD research process, including refining research questions, analyzing primary sources, and developing thesis statements.

To learn more and book a session, email

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Contact Us

Interested in participating in New York City History Day as a student, educator or judge? Please contact for more information.

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New York City History Day is made possible by Budd and Jane Goldman, Susan and Roy Glaser, Leah Johnson and Gerrard Bushell, and Kathleen Benson Haskins.

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors.


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