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Brooklyn Public Library’s Center for Brooklyn History is the host of NYC History Day! NYCHD 2023 is the regional contest for National History Day (NHD). New York City middle and high schoolers get to do original research on a historical topic of their choice and make their own exhibition, performance, documentary, website, or paper. Winners from NYCHD will have a chance to compete on the state and potentially national history day levels. All participants will be able to gain important research skills, connect with amazing New York City cultural institutions, and have fun!

This in person workshop, held at the Irondale Ensemble performance space, will allow students to work with Irondale Ensemble educators and performers to learn the skills needed to craft an original performance based on historical research. This workshop is part of a New York City History Day series to help prepare students and teachers for the competition. Participants are encouraged to attend all the corresponding workshops, but they can be attended discretely.

Irondale exists at the intersection of art, education, community engagement and social justice. They engage in long term artistic collaborations to create important, challenging, and above all, entertaining theatre that expands the boundaries of the art form and helps audiences and artists make sense of today’s world.

Their projects range from epic theater pieces created over several years of development, to work with at risk youth, young scientists and engineers, and the New York City Police Department. At the core of their work is the idea that theater is the most human of art forms and can lead to a greater understanding of who we are, how we can communicate with each other and coexist with empathy and compassion in an increasingly polarizing world.

We hope to see you there! In the meantime, check out our NYCHD website to learn about the contest. You can always ask us questions by emailing [email protected]

Accessibility Statement:

We strive to offer educator professional learning opportunities that are inclusive for individuals with disabilities and our team is committed to the work that goes into creating safe and productive spaces for all. If you have an accessibility requirement, please let us know by checking the appropriate box while registering for our professional learning opportunities and a staff member will reach out with accessibility options prior to the event.

New York City History Day is sponsored in part by the the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.

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