New York City History Day

View the New York State History Day registration guide.

Deadline extended to Monday, April 8 at 11:59 pm!

View the 2019 New York City History Day winners.

Calling all middle and high school history fanatics! Are you ready to show off your knowledge? Flex your intellectual muscles by participating in New York City History Day, the regional chapter of the National History Day competition. Create a paper, exhibit board, performance, documentary, or website to display your research related to this year’s annual theme, Triumph & Tragedy in History. Discover resources, learn from experts, and gain research skills through student and teacher workshops offered upon request. Details below.

About History Day

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center invites your students to participate in New York City History Day on Sunday, March 10, 2019. 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. 

Annual Theme: Triumph & Tragedy 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

Preparing for Competition Day

Competition Day Agenda Overview 
Preparing for the Competition Overview
Questions Judges Might Ask

Important Dates and Information

  • Registration Opens: Thursday, January 10
  • Registration Closes: Monday, February 4
    Please note: February 4 is the deadline to register all student participants’ projects and to submit historical papers and website entries.
  • Competition Day: Sunday, March 10
  • Winners Announced: Wednesday, March 13
    Please note: Teachers receive email notification of students who have won any type of prize without rankings or specifics.
  • Rubrics Emailed: Friday, March 15
    Please note: Teachers receive digital copies of all student rubrics. At teacher discretion, students may begin revising their projects in advance of learning their prize or rank at the Awards Ceremony on April 2.
  • NYCHD Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, April 2
  • NY State History Day Registration Deadline: Monday, April 8 by 11:59 pm
    Please note: NYSHD Submission Deadline is Tuesday, April 9 by 11:59 pm for Papers, Websites, and Documentaries; Papers must also be mailed and post marked April 8. Learn more.
  • NYCHD student winners posted: Friday, April 5
  • NYSHD Competition Day: Monday, April 29
  • National History Day Competition: Sunday–Thursday, June 9–13

Registering At-a-Glance:

  • All participants will register via the contest registration link
  • Teachers: Teachers will create their registration accounts first. Teachers serving as judges must create a separate judge account using a different email address.
  • Students: After their teacher has created an account, students will create their student accounts and add their entry information. Note, the title you enter will be what appears on the judge’s list of entries.
  • Fee: $10 per student. Payment is due by March 8. Students, please check with your teacher before paying directly.
  • Deadline: Monday, February 4 at 11:59 pm for all student participants to register. Submission deadline for all websites and papers.

Educator and Student Resources


Educator and Parent Workshops
Have a student or child interested in participating in New York City History Day? Examine the 2019 NHD theme “Triumph & Tragedy” through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions.

Unable to attend our past workshops? You can schedule a session for your school by emailing

Visit the Educator Events page to learn more about other opportunities for educators.

Student Workshops
Students can view projects from the 2018 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 2019 New York City History Day competition.

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


New York City History Day at the Museum of the City of New York is made possible by Elizabeth K. Belfer; Budd and Jane Goldman; Susan and Roy A. Glaser; Sophia and Peter J. Volandes; and 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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