Welcome to the Capital Region History Day Contest

Important Dates & Times

Welcome to Capital Region History Day 2019! 

The New York State Museum invites your students to participate in Capital Region History Day on March 23, 2019. 


Capital Region History Day is an education program that engages students from 6th-12th grade in the discovery and interpretation of historical topics. By participating in History Day, students can research topics related to the annual theme and express themselves creatively through various formats, such as exhibit boards, documentaries, websites, papers, and performances. 


The annual theme for 2019: Triumph & Tragedy in History 

Competition Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 

Location: New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Ave., Albany, New York 12230


Registration will open Monday, January 14 and close Monday, March 4, 2019. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact histday@nysed.gov subject line: registration. 

Please send all papers to: histday@nysed.gov  subject line: name and title.

Visit our website for more information: www.nysm.gov/historyday 

Capital Region History Day

The New York State Museum invites students to participate in the annual Capital Region History Day competition on Saturday, March 23, 2019. National History Day hosts more than half a million students from around the world as they conduct research and interpret historical topics through the lens of an annual theme. Students in grades 6-12 may discover and unveil history's secrets and express what they have learned through one of the five following formats:

  • Exhibits
  • Documentaries
  • Papers
  • Websites 
  • Performances 


The 2019 National History Day theme is TRIUMPH & TRAGEDY IN HISTORY. Students should visit the National History Day website at www.nhd.org to see how to get started, locate resources for conducting research, and download the NHD rulebook and the 2019 theme book. The national website also has a list of frequently asked questions and exemplary past projects from each category.


Date: Saturday. March 23, 2019 

Location: New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Ave., Albany, New York 12230

Registration Deadline: Monday March 4, 2019 (*Please note: registration is not complete until payment is received.) 

Welcome to Capital Region History Day 2019! 

Thank you for supporting your students participating in Capital Region History Day! 

The National History Day methodology supports teachers and schools through aligning curriculum and instructional priorities with current education standards, while preparing students for college and career readiness.

Benefits of History Day

  • Provides teachers with an assessment tool that engages students in history and makes them excited about learning
  • Meets New York State Learning Standards in Social Studies and ELA
  • Improves students' research techniques, writing skills, historical knowledge, creativity, literacy, and communication skills
  • Showcases student achievement for the larger community


For additional teacher resources please visit www.nhd.org/teacher-resources

Please feel free to contact the New York State Museum, Library, or Archives to arrange for student research assistance. We welcome students researching subjects in New York State history. The Archives and Library offer valuable opportunities for students seeking information on a variety of topics. We would be happy to assist in their pursuit of primary source documents. 


Capital Region History Day Judge Registration

Thank you for your interest in judging this year's Capital Region History Day competition! 

We are looking for judges who have knowledge in areas of New York State history and a desire to work with students. Those interested in judging should contact us at histday@nysed.gov subject line:judges. 




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