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Upcoming Events

  1. Catskill Regional History Day Contest

    March 23
  2. Capital Region Contest

    March 23
  3. Catskill Regional Contest

    March 23
  4. Long Island Regional Contest

    March 31
  5. New York History Day Registration Deadline

    April 4

2019 state contest info

Date: Monday, April 29, 2019

Location: The Farmers’ Museum 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
  • 2017 – Taking A Stand in History
  • 2018 – Conflict & Compromise in History


Register Here for New York State Contest!

Begin the registration process by going to  www.ny.nhd.org

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 2019 year please fill out the form found here


2019 Special Award Sponsors!


American Labor Studies Center

The Farmer’s Museum

Fenimore Art Museum

Fort Ticonderoga American Labor Studies Center

Hanford Mills Museum

Middlefield Historical Association

National Baseball Hall of Fame

National Maritime Historical Society