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 2017

Fort Ticonderoga coordinates North Country History Day, serving students in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, and Warren counties in New York State. The 2017 North Country History Day Regional Contest will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga. The theme for the 2016-17 school year is "Taking a Stand 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 3, 2017. Registration is now open; see the links below. 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 using Google Forms. Click here to go to the registration page. Teachers must register first before individual students can complete registration forms.

 2017 Theme "Taking a Stand in History"

You can download PDFs of the following National History Day® publications related to the 2017 theme.

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

There are two special prizes at North Country History Day this year.

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 2016 Award went to:

  • Ewan Todt-Tutchener (Ithaca High School) for his Senior Historical Paper on "To Please the Indians: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange on the Canadian Frontier."


North Country History Day 2016

In 2016, the North Country History Day Regional Contest was held on Saturday, March 5th, in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga. Eleven projects and 25 students qualified to represent the North Country at New York State History Day on Monday, April 18, 2016, in Cooperstown, New York. Congratulations to all our Region's representatives at the state contest.

See the winners from North Country History Day 2016!


North Country Students at New York State History Day 2016

Congratulations to the following North Country students who won awards at New York State History Day in 2016!

  • Grace Sayward (North Country Home Educators), placed 2nd in the Junior HIstorical Paper Category for her paper "Marjorie Lansing Porter" and qualifies to advance to National History Day in College Park, Maryland, in June 2016!
  • Alice Cochran, Christina Lashway, and Nicholas Manfred (Moriah Central School), placed 3rd in the Senior Group Exhibit Category for their exhibit "The Bracero Program" and are alternates for National History Day should the first or second place entries be unable to participate.
  • Ben Caito and Liam Sayward (North Country Home Educators), won a special award for their Senior Group Documentary "Verplank Colvin: An Exchange of Ideas."


North Country History Day Supporters