New York City History Day

The 2019-2020 theme is Breaking Barriers in History

Competition Day is Sunday, March 1, 2020 
Registration Opens: Monday, January 6, 2020
Registration Deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020

Learn more and view the 2019-2020 theme book here

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, Breaking Barriers in History. Discover resources, learn from experts, and gain research skills through student and teacher workshops offered upon request.


Save-the-Dates for these fall 2019 New York City History Day workshops

Breaking Barriers in History: Free Educator History Day Workshop
Wed, Oct 2, 2019, 5-7pm

Learn about this year's theme, receive a free theme book, and dive into a hands-on workshop using the National History Day framework.


New York City History Day Open House Resource Fair
Mon, Oct 7, 2019, 3:30-6:30pm

Join Brooklyn Connections and the Museum of the City of New York to meet archivists and librarians who will share information about their collections around New York City. Discover primary sources that can help your research, and learn where and how to access these from archives around New York City. Students and teachers welcome; student attendees will be eligible for a draw for a new tablet! This FREE program will be held on the 2nd Floor of the Brooklyn Public Library – Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238.

Register here


About History Day

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center invites your students to participate in New York City History Day on Sunday, March 1, 2020. 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: Breaking Barriers in History

Educator and Student Resources


Educator and Parent Workshops
Have a student or child interested in participating in New York City History Day? Examine the 2020 NHD theme “Breaking Barriers in History” through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions. 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 and 2019 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 2020 New York City History Day competition.

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


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