New York City History Day
Sunday, March 8, 2015

Celebration and Launch

Thursday, October 30, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Help us launch the 25th anniversary of NYC History Day with a special program highlighting this year’s theme, Leadership and Legacy in History. Learn how to participate in the 2015 competition through advice from past participants and free curriculum materials.

*Primary source fair and refreshments will begin at 4:30 pm. Remarks to follow at 5:00 pm.

  • Get a first look at a collection of never-before-seen Thomas Jefferson letters unveiled especially for the 25th anniversary. Inspired by this remarkable series of personal letters, Brett Palfreyman, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, will reflect on Jefferson’s wider legacy as an inventor, an amateur biologist, a tinkering engineer, a cryptologist, and an all-around collector of knowledge.
  • Meet with archivists from local cultural and research institutions such as the National Archives, the Brooklyn Public Library and the University Archives at NYU to learn how to access their primary sources for your research.
  • Watch a live performance of “Women’s Suffrage”, the 2014 2nd Place Junior Group Performance winner and hear the troupe reflect on their experience participating in last year’s competition.
  • Hear additional remarks by speakers such as Eric Contreras, Executive Director of Social Studies from the New York City Department of Education.


About History Day

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center invites your students to participate in New York City History Day on Sunday, March 8, 2015. 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. Read more about it here.

Generous support for New York City History Day is provided by Susan and Roy Glaser.

History Day 2015

"Leadership and Legacy in History"

Explore this year's National History Day theme by becoming a fan of the City Museum's Education facebook page. Each week, the page will feature a new primary source relating to "Leadership and Legacy" from the City Museum’s Collections Portal.

Important Dates

  • Celebration and Launch: Thursday, October 30, 2014; 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
  • NYC History Day Competition: Sunday March 8, 2015
  • New York State History Day: Monday, April 27, 2015
  • National History Day: June 14-18, 2015

Getting Started

Start preparing for New York City History Day 2015! Use the links below to learn about the theme, rules and categories.


Have a student or child interested in participating in New York City History Day? Join us for the following workshops for parents and educators.

Informational Workshops
Thursday, October 9 or Thursday, October 23, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Review the step-by-step process for creating a project, look at examples of projects in various categories and review evaluation criteria for projects.

Content Workshop
Wednesday, November 5 or Tuesday, November 18, 4:30-6:30 pm

Learn how to implement the History Day methodology in the classroom through content based workshops. Using primary and secondary sources from the Museum's exhibitions, participants will learn the step-by-step process for creating a History Day project.

"Creating an Entry" Workshops (*students may attend)
Thursday, December 4, 4:30-6:30 pm: Documentaries and Exhibit Boards
Thursday, December 11, 4:30-6:30 pm: Websites and Performances

Learn how to create a documentary, exhibit board, historical performance, or website. Meet with professional exhibition designers, website creators and script writers to draw out best practices for crafting History Day entries.

Five Borough Workshops
Interested in learning about New York City History Day in your own neighborhood? Call 917.492.3410 to find out more about workshops taking place throughout the five boroughs this fall.

Student Workshops
Students can view projects from the 2014 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 2015 New York City History Day competition. Call 917.492.3410 for more information.


Sample Student Work


Interested in becoming a New York City History Day judge? The City Museum is looking for historians, educators, and others to judge student projects at this year’s contest on Sunday, March 8, 2015. Evaluation and discussion with your fellow judges will be an all-day affair. An orientation session will be held at the Museum. In return for your time and effort, we will provide breakfast and lunch.

*If you are interested in the website and/or paper categories, you will be contacted with additional information regarding specific judging processes.



Are you a New York City History Day alumnus? Help us build our network! Share your contact information and story. Receive information upcoming programming and news about History Day internship opportunities.





If you would like to receive more information about New York City History Day, please contact Stephanie Dueño, New York City History Day Coordinator at or call 917.492.3410