Capital Region History Day at the New York State Museum

$10 Registration Fee
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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. Each year the National History Day office selects a broad theme for the History Day contest. Students may choose any topic related to local, regional, national, or world history, as long as her or his research and conclusions clearly relate to the theme. Judges look for evidence that the theme has been adequately addressed in all History Day projects. To learn more about the theme, view sample topics, and download the 2018/2019 Theme Book: Triumph & Tragedy in History, visit:

Registration Information, Dates and Deadlines:

Capital Region History Day - Albany, NY

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the New York State Museum

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 4, 2019
Link to Register:

Registration & Payment Information:

Registration Fee:
There is a $10.00 registration fee per student (regardless of individual or group submissions)

Payments must be made by check or money order, (sorry, no credit cards)
Make payable to: Regents Research/USNY
Mail to: New York State Museum Room 3023, Attn: Joanne Greenough 222 Madison Ave, Albany, New York 12230

  • Please include your student's full-name in the check or money order memo line.
  • If paying for multiple students, please attach a list including each students names.
  • Payment must be made at the time of registration-- Registration is not complete until fee is received.
  • Note: If a student's school is paying for the registration fee, the student will need to select "pay by check" during the registration process. Please confirm with your teacher before registering to be sure your school is covering the cost of your registration.

Registration Questions: email subject line: registration
Payment Questions: email subject line: payment

Paper Deadline: Monday, March 11, 2019
Documentary Upload and Website Lockout Date: Friday, March 8, 2019
All deadlines are absolute. Students must send working URL’s by March 8th. We advise participants to bring back-up copies of presentations on thumb drives, just in case.

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

National History Day Rulebook:

New York State History Day*

*Open to top 2 winners from each category at the Regional Level Competitions
Monday, April 29, 2019 - Cooperstown, NY

Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 4, 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:
John Ferguson, Director of Education
The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum
P.O. Box 800
Cooperstown, NY 13326
phone: 607-547-1534

National History Day

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

Contact Information:
email: sends e-mail) 
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!