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
"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.
- Celebration and Launch: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 ; 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Registration Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2017
- NYC History Day Competition: Sunday, March 5, 2017
- New York State History Day: T.B.D.
- National History Day: June 11-15, 2017
Start preparing for New York City History Day 2017! Use the links below to learn about the theme, rules and categories.
- 2017 Theme Sheet
- 2017 Theme Book
- 2017 Rule Book
- New York State History Day Website
- National History Day Website
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.
Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016
Tuesday, December 6, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
The character of New York’s varied neighborhoods is governed by a novel set of rules first envisioned by New York reformers 100 years ago – the groundbreaking Zoning Resolution of 1916. Enjoy a curator-led tour that examines the history, debates, and effects of the evolving law, followed by a workshop led by the Manager of New York City History Day. Free.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917.492.3410.
Educator and Student Resources
- NHD Teacher Resources
- Category Infographic
- NYC Research Institutions
- City Museum Collections Portal
- National Archives
- New York Public Library
- National History Day Sample Student Work
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 Stephanie Dueño, Manager of New York City History Day at email@example.com or call 917.492.3410.