New York City History Day

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.

Registration for NYC History Day 2019 will open at noon on January 10, 2019.

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. 

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

Important Dates and Information

Competition Day, Sunday, March 10, 2019

Preparing for Competition Day

Prepare for New York City History Day 2019! Use the links below to learn about the overview agenda for competition day, questions the judges might ask, theme, rules, and categories.


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

Past Workshops:

Free Educator Evening: Germ City: Intersecting Science and History
Wednesday, October 3, 5:00–6:00 pm (tour), 6:00–7:00pm (workshop)
Discover how disease has changed us in the urban context. Following an exhibition tour, use the National History Day model and primary sources to learn how to bring project-based learning into your classroom.

History Day Workshop: Triumph & Tragedy in History
Wednesday, October 24, 5:00–7:00 pm
Dive into the National History Day theme “Triumph & Tragedy” using the Museum’s extraordinary exhibitions. Engage with artifacts, photographs, and maps to gain new resources and knowledge to use in your classroom tomorrow!

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.

Educator and Student Resources


New York City History Day at the Museum of the City of New York is made possible by:

Elizabeth Belfer
Budd and Jane Goldman, The New York Community Trust
Susan and Roy A. 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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