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Upcoming Events

  1. Genesee Valley Regional Contest

    March 2
  2. North Country Regional Contest

    March 2
  3. Central New York Regional Contest

    March 9
  4. Lower Hudson Regional Contest

    March 9
  5. Mid-Hudson Regional Contest

    March 9

2019 state contest info

Date: Monday, April 29, 2019

Location: Cooperstown, NY

Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 4, 2019

Paper Deadline: must be postmarked April 8, 2019

Documentary Upload and Website Lockout Date: April 8, 2019

Registration Fee: $20 per student



annual history day theme

Each year the National History Day office selects a broad theme for the History Day contest. Students may choose any topic related to local, regional, national, or world history, as long as his or her research and conclusions clearly relate to the theme. Judges look for evidence that the theme has been adequately addressed in all History Day projects. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see a list of past and upcoming annual themes.

2018/2019 Theme Book: Triumph & Tragedy in History 

past history day themes

  • 2002 – Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History
  • 2003 – Rights and Responsibilities in History
  • 2004 – Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History
  • 2005 – Communication in History: The Key to Understanding
  • 2006 – Taking a Stand in History
  • 2007 – Triumph and Tragedy in History
  • 2008 – Conflict and Compromise in History
  • 2009 – The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies
  • 2010 – Innovation in History
  • 2011 – Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences
  • 2012 – Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History
  • 2013 – Turning Points in History
  • 2014 – Rights and Responsibilities in History
  • 2015 – Leadership and Legacy in History
  • 2016 – Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History



Special Awards

National History Day thrives when cultural institutions, schools, and the community come together in pursuit of educational excellence


If you are interested in Sponsoring a Special Award at the New York History Day Contest for the 2018 year please fill out the form found here 


A full list of 2018 Special Award Sponsors will be coming soon!


2017 Special Award Sponsors 


Abner Doubleday Civil War Round Table

Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier

American Labor Studies Center

Cooperstown Graduate Program

The Farmer’s Museum

Fenimore Art Museum

Fort Ticonderoga American Labor Studies Center

Hanford Mills Museum

Healthcare  Award

National Baseball Hall of Fame

New York State Archives Partnership Trust

Town of Middlefield Historical Association