Registration is now closed for New York City History Day 2023
January 27 - February 12, 2023 - Virtual judging for exhibits, papers, and documentaries
February 12, 2023, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM, Central Library - In-person judging for exhibits and performances (other categories judged remotely.)
February 16, 2023, 4pm - 7.30pm, Brooklyn Heights Branch - NYCHD 2023 Awards ceremony
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. Read more about how NHD helps students succeed.
New York City History Day invites entries in the junior (middle school) and senior (high school) divisions for the following categories. Watch videos with tips and guidelines for each category on our video page!
New York City History Day is FREE for all New York City students! There are no entrance fees associated with New York City History Day and the Center for Brooklyn History will cover fees for students who qualify for the State and National Contest. Travel scholarships will be available as well.
Click on each category to see examples of amazing projects from previous years:
- Shirley Chisholm: Championing Domestic Workers through Debate and Diplomacy by Joanna Fabian, Lorenzo Guaman, Maria Manouselakis, Cecilia McConnaughy, and Ariana Mendez, New York
- FDR and REA: Bright Light and Power to Rural America by Sophia Alleman, Ohio
- "B" is for Breaking Barriers: How Sesame Street Revolutionized Children’s Television and Education by ThaoNhi Tran, Clarisse Cabagay, Ayumi Vazquez, Izumi Vazquez; Texas
- Coco Chanel’s Unraveling of the Corset by Melinda Rolls and Abbigail Cote, New Hampshire
- The Oxnard Strikes of 1903: Breaking Barriers of Racial Representation in the Work Force by Yashas Mattur, Anthony Noce, Ankit Rath
- Julia Child: Redefining American Gender Roles One Boeuf Bourguignon At a Time by Natalie Harris and Anna Turney
- Not Your Model Minority: Breaking Barriers in the Asian-American Movement by Felicia Xiao, Ohio
- The Enemy of the Knife: Confronting the US Government’s Sterilization of Native Americans in the 1970s by Sophia Shepherd, Georgia
- Route 66: The Road of Possibilitiesby Jack Anderson, Jader Briggs, Daytona Foley, Logan Smith & Megan Swancutt
- Black, White and Blue: Vivien Thomas and the Cure for Blue Baby Syndrome by Jasmine Hughley
- PLUS check out this amazing video by Irondale Ensemble Project about how to turn research into performance!
- Feminists in Flight: Exploring Gender Equality at 32,000 Feetby Sophia Burick & Kelly McDonald
- China's Surge into Silk: The Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange of the Silk Road by Tigan Donaldson & Brian Ely
All categories allow individual or group (up to five students) entries, with the exception of the paper category which only allows individual entries. Each school may promote three projects per category per division (including three group and three individual entries in the same category). Schools with more History Day projects that wish to run their own school-wide contest to decide on NYC contest entries may be in touch with us at [email protected] for ideas on planning a school contest.
Learn how NYCHD impacted students and teachers last year, and see examples of their projects by watching our promo video:
New York City History Day is partially supported by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation.
New York City History Day is sponsored in part by the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.