Welcome to the Capital Region History Day Contest

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Cancellation of New York State History Day and Capital Region History Day Contest 

Dear History Day Participants, Teachers and Families,

The following is an announcement from the New York State History Coordinator. We echo John Ferguson’s sentiments. It has been a very difficult decision, but so many sites, communities, schools and individuals are struggling at this difficult time. We greatly appreciate all of you and your interest and commitment to history and to Capital Region History Day. 

SUGGESTION FOR STUDENTS: As history fans, you might wish to document what we are experiencing through your own eyes. While continuing to be safe and following all health protocols, you can journal, take photographs or video what you are witnessing (signage, empty store shelves, messages to stay home, etc.) Someday, others will want to know what it was like to live through this event. Your own stories can enhance the historic record and inform future generations.


Entrants can send their projects in to the Student Research Award contest.



Please be well and stay safe.

Stephanie Miller

Director of Youth Services/Coordinator of Capital Region History Day

New York State Museum

Cultural Education Center # 2005

222 Madison Avenue

Albany, NY 12230

Email: Stephanie.miller@nysed.gov


John Ferguson, National History Day State Coordinator’s message is below:

It is with great regret that I announce the cancellation of New York History Day. This has not been an easy decision, but there are so many differing circumstances between students, schools and regions that a virtual contest is no longer a viable option for the State of New York. Many students no longer have access to their projects, and many students do not have internet access at home. No one knows how long this situation will last, and I have decided this is our best course. I share the frustration and disappointment of our wonderful students, teachers, librarians, and all who support New York History Day. Please share this as quickly as you can, so everyone can put this to rest and move on.

Please do your best to stay safe and well. Next year will be a better year.


John Ferguson

Director of Education

The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum

National History Day State Coordinator

P.O. Box 800

Cooperstown, NY 13326




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Capital Region History Day


The New York State Museum invites students to participate in the annual Capital Region History Day competition on Saturday, March 21, 2020. 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 2020 National History Day theme is BREAKING BARRIERS 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 2020 theme book. The national website also has a list of frequently asked questions and exemplary past projects from each category.


Date: Saturday. March 21, 2020

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

Registration Deadline: Monday March 2, 2020 (*Please note: registration is not complete until $10 payment is received.) 

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Welcome to Capital Region History Day 2020! 


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. 



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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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