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Brooklyn Public Library’s Center for Brooklyn History is the 2021 host of NYC History Day!

What is the New York City History Day contest?

New York City History Day is the regional contest for National History Day (NHD), a program that provides over half a million students each year the opportunity to excel at historical research, interpretation and creative expression. We are excited to host the New York City regional contest virtually this year from the Center for Brooklyn History; top entries will be invited to advance to state and national contests. Read more about how NHD helps students succeed.

Registration for this year's contest is now open, through March 2nd, 2021.

This year’s competition is virtual and free for 6th to 12th grade students. The 2021 contest for New York City History Day will accept two submissions per category from each school. Let us know if you'd like to receive updates about the contest

What will the virtual contest look like?

As in previous years, students can enter in a variety of categories: paper, performance, documentary, exhibit and website. Full details on all the entry types are available through the new NHD Rule Book; check out our Resources for Students page to find details on creating and submitting virtual projects. Submissions must speak to this year's contest theme, Communication: the key to understanding.

Important Dates for the NYC Contest:
  • Registration is open now for students, teachers, and judges.
  • Registration closes March 2nd, 2021. For this year's virtual contest, all projects must be submitted by this date.
  • Winners will be announced on March 26, 2021.
Dive into History Day with us! Watch a recording of our NYCHD info session
Interested in Judging this year's contest? Find out how


We're here to help. Check out resources at the links below, or send us an email

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