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Upcoming Events

  1. Westen New York Regional History Day Contest

    March 7, 2020
  2. Genesee Valley Regional Contest

    March 7, 2020
  3. North Country Regional Contest

    March 7, 2020
  4. Catskill Regional Contest

    March 28, 2020
  5. Long Island Regional Contest

    March 29, 2020

2020 state contest information

Date: Monday, April 27, 2020

Location: The Farmers’ Museum Cooperstown, NY

Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 3, 2020

Paper Deadline: must be postmarked April 7, 2020

Documentary Upload and Website Lockout Date: April 7, 2020

Registration Fee: $25 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.

2019/2020 Theme Book: Breaking Barriers 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
  • 2019 – Triumph & Tragedy 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 2020 year please fill out the form found here


2020 Special Award Sponsors!


American Labor Studies Center:  Outstanding entry focused on American Labor 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

Fort Ticonderoga:  Outstanding entry related to American Colonial or Revolutionary History

Hanford Mills Museum:  Outstanding entry that explores the impact of entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, technology, energy generation, natural resources or sustainability on rural life

National Baseball Hall of Fame:  Outstanding sports related entry

National Maritime Historical Society:  Outstanding maritime project