2020 state contest information
March 18, 2020
Dear New York History Day Teachers, Students, Parents, Judges, and Volunteers:
It is with great regret that I announce the cancellation of New York History Day.
This has not been an easy decision, but there are so many differing circumstances between students, schools and regions that a virtual contest is no longer a viable option for the State of New York. Many students no longer have access to their projects, and many students do not have internet access at home. No one knows how long this situation will last, and I have decided this is our best course. I share the frustration and disappointment of our wonderful students, teachers, librarians, and all who support New York History Day.
Please do your best to stay safe and well. Next year will be a better year.
New York History Day Coordinator
annual history day theme
The annual theme for 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History. Please click here to explore this year’s 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.
National History Day thrives when cultural institutions, schools, and the community come together in pursuit of educational excellence
Award Sponsors for New York State History Day 2020 Include:
Award of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust for History Day 2020: Entry for the Best Use of Historical Records
The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative: Outstanding entry with a focus on women’s suffrage in the United States. Separate prizes will be awarded for the junior and senior levels
The Town of Middlefield Historical Association: Outstanding entry with a focus on rural history
The Farmers’ Museum: Outstanding project focused on the history of or innovations related to agriculture
Fenimore Art Museum: Outstanding entry focused on the history of the state of New York
National Maritime Historical Society: Outstanding maritime project