Capital Region History Day at the New York State Museum

Saturday, March 23, 2019

$10 Registration Fee
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New York State History Day Logo
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The New York State Museum invites teachers and their students to participate in the annual Capital Region History Day competition on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Students in grades 6-12, working individually or in groups, may discover and unveil history’s secrets and express what they have learned through one of the five following formats: Exhibits, Documentaries, Papers, Websites, and Theatrical Performances. 

Students compete at the regional level where the top two winners in each category proceed to the state competition in Cooperstown, NY. From there, winning students have the opportunity to move on to the national level competition at the University of Maryland in College Park. National History Day (NHD) 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.

The History Day methodology supports teachers and schools through aligning curriculum and instructional priorities with State and National Learning Standards, while preparing students for college and career readiness. Read the report of how and where NHD aligns with these standards here:

National History Day was awarded the prestigious 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Barak Obama.

2019 Theme & Getting Starting

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The 2019 National History Day theme is Triumph and Tragedy. Teachers and students should visit the National History Day website at 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, exemplary projects from each category and a 2019 History Day Contest flyer for teachers to post in their classrooms. 

Registration Information, Dates & Deadlines:

  • Capital Region History Day
    Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the New York State Museum
    8:30-9:30 AM: Student & Teacher Registration (lobby)
    8:45–9:15 AM: Judges’ Orientation (Student Center, 1st Floor)
    9:30–12:00 PM: Judging
    9:30 AM: Museum, Library and Archives open to the public
    12:00–2:30 PM: Judges’ tabulation
    Lunch 12:00–1:30 PM: Public Viewing of Exhibits
    1:30–3:15 PM: Exhibit take down
    3:30–4:15 PM: Closing Ceremony (Clark Auditorium, Concourse level)

    Contact Information
    Stephanie Miller, Coordinator
    phone: (518) 486-1420

  • New York State History Day*
    *Open to top 2 winners from each category at the Regional Level Competitions
    Competition Date: Monday, April 29, 2019 in Cooperstown, NY
    Registration Deadline: April 1, 2019
    Paper Deadline: must be postmarked April 8, 2019
    Documentary Upload and Website Lockout Date: April 8, 2019
    Registration Fee: $20 per student

  • Contact Information
    Sarah Loveland, Competition Coordinator
    phone: 607-547-1414

  • National History Day*
    *Open to top 2 winners of each category at the State Level Competitions
    June 9-13, 2019 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

  • Contact Information
    phone: (301) 314-9739


“The opportunities I received through the National History Day program, from learning to do research at the New York State Archives..,to defending my work and answering judge’s questions about my project, made me a more competent and confident student and taught me skills that I will utilize throughout my years at college and beyond. I developed a love of history and research that is still shaping my life today.”

Sara Jones, multi-year participant, regional winner and post-graduation volunteer for Capital Region History Day

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Additional Resources

New York State History Day
Coordinator, Sarah Loveland
(607) 547-1414

Capital Region History Day
Coordinator, Stephanie Miller
(518) 486-1420

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Includes links to primary sources from the National Archives as well as webinars and workshops

New York State Museum
(See Research and Collections links, includes links to history collections, historians, etc.)
Main Lobby: (518) 474-5877

New York State Archives
(518) 474-6926
New to this type of research? Check out some short videos on the NYS Archives website.

New York State Library
(518) 474-5355
Library Website
Library Digital Collections

New York Historical Society
Association of Public Historians (APHNYS)
Find your local historian

United States Library of Congress
Search for the Library of Congress or go to:

Student Research Award Contest 


If you or your business would like to honor a student with a special award (gift certificate for "Best Use of Photography in a Documentary", or "Women's History Award" for a student celebrating a woman's experience in history, etc., please consider making a donation.

Please contact Regional History Day Coordinator, Stephanie Miller at or (518)486-1420 and you or your company can join us at the Capital Region History Day Awards Presentation on Saturday, March 23, 2019 to present your unique award to a deserving student!