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    New York City History Day

    About History Day

    The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center invites your students to participate in New York City History Day on Sunday, March 5, 2017. 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. 

    History Day 2017

    Check out this year’s city and state winners and information for the National competition!

    Review the following information to prepare for the competition day!

    "Taking A Stand 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. Each week, the page will feature a new primary source relating to "Taking a Stand in History" from the City Museum’s Collections Portal.

    Important Dates

    • Celebration and Launch: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 ; 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Registration Deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017
    • Deadline to Submit Papers and Websites: Monday, February 6, 2017
    • NYC History Day Competition: Sunday, March 5, 2017
    • New York State History Day: Monday, April 24, 2017
    • National History Day: June 11-15, 2017

    Getting Started

    Start preparing for New York City History Day 2017! Use the links below to learn about the theme, rules and categories.


    Educator and Parent Workshops
    Have a student or child interested in participating in New York City History Day? Examine the 2017 NHD theme Taking a Stand in History through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions. Join us for the following Free Educator Evenings featuring curator-led tours followed by workshops showcasing best practices for participating in the 2017 competition.

    Student Workshops
    Students can view projects from the 2016 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 2017 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:

    Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Susan and Roy Glaser, 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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