National History Day Program

National History Day® encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, and create final projects that present their work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.

"In fact, students who are exposed to more modern methods of history education—where critical thinking and research are emphasized—tend to perform better in math and science. As a case in point, students who participate in National History Day®—actually a year-long program that gets students in grades 6-12 doing historical research—consistently outperform their peers on state standardized tests, not only in social studies but in science and math as well."  —Norm Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin

Read Norm Augustine's full op-ed piece about National History Day® from the Wall Street Journal.


North Country History Day 2018

Fort Ticonderoga coordinates North Country History Day, serving students in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, and Warren counties in New York State. The 2018 North Country History Day Regional Contest will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in the Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga. The theme for the 2017-18 school year is "Conflict and Compromise in History."

Students compete at two levels: Junior (students in grades 6-8) and Senior (students in grades 9-12). Students create entries in various categories: Historical Papers, Individual and Group Exhibits, Individual and Group Performances, Individual and Group Documentaries, and Individual and Group Websites.

Students wishing to compete in North Country History Day must register by February 2, 2018.  Students must attend school in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, or Warren counties or, if homeschooled, must reside in one of those six counties.

Rich Strum, North Country History Day Regional Coordinator, is available to visit your school to talk with either teachers or students about how to start a History Day program in your school. Contact Rich at for more information.

North Country History Day Registration

Registration is online through the New York State History Day website and opens in early January 2018.

 2018 Theme "Conflict and Compromise in History"

You can download PDFs of the following National History Day® publications related to the 2017 theme. 2018 theme-related resources will be posted in the fall of 2017.

Category Guides

These category guides, created by the "National History Day® in Wisconsin" staff, provide students with step-by-step directions for creating History Day projects.

Special Prizes at North Country History Day 2017

New York State Archives Partnership Trust prize for an outstanding project best using primary sources went to the Senior Group Documentary "Fanny Hall" by Grace Sayward, Liam Sayward, Trent Yourdon, and Ben Caito from North Country Homeschoolers.

Adirondack Torch Club prize for the Junior Division entry that best addressed the theme of "Taking a Stand in History" went to the Junior Group Exhibit "Hippocrates Takes a Stand for Medicine" by Randi Griffith, Elizabeth Riutta, and Drew Jenkins from Gouverneur Central School.

There were two special prizes at North Country History Day in 2017.

New York State Archives Partnership Trust

The New York State Archives Partnership Trust is sponsoring a $50 prize for the best use of primary sources. This award is given in the hopes that young people will go to and use the records of archival repositories in their research. This award will be given to an entry in any category that displays the best use of primary sources. The winning entry will demonstrate:

  • A heavy reliance (3 or more) on primary sources in the entry
  • Student(s) taking the initiative to visit a historical repository or at least access the records through an archival repository website
  • Student(s) understanding the important role of primary sources in their research and incorporate them into their project.


Adirondack Torch Club

The Adirondack Torch Club is sponsoring a $50 prize for the Junior entry (grades 6-8) that best addresses the theme of "Taking a Stand in History."


The Fort Ticonderoga Colonial History Award

Fort Ticonderoga sponsors an award at New York State History Day for an outstanding history day project related to Colonial or Revolutionary American history. The 2017 Award went to:

  • Ashley Clemente (Washingtonville Middle School) for her Junior Individual Performance on "Sybil Ludington: Heroine of the Revolution--The Girl Who Took a Stand by Going on a Ride"


North Country History Day 2017

In 2017, the North Country History Day Regional Contest was held on Saturday, March 4th, in the Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga. Sixteen projects and 33 students qualified to represent the North Country at New York State History Day on Monday, April 24, 2017, in Cooperstown, New York. Congratulations to all our Region's representatives at the state contest.

See the winners from North Country History Day 2017!


North Country Students at New York State History Day 2017

Congratulations to the following North Country student who won an award at New York State History Day in 2017!

  • Kathryn Moran (St. Mary's School, Ticonderoga), won the Cooperstown Graduate Program Award for an outstanding exhibit entry for a first-time participant, for her exhibit "Rosa Parks."


North Country History Day Supporters