National History Day

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 2020

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Fort Ticonderoga coordinates North Country History Day, serving students in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, and Warren counties in New York State. The 2020 North Country History Day Regional Contest takes place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Fort Ticonderoga. The theme for the 2019-2020 school year is “Breaking Barriers 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 in 2020 must register by February 14, 2020. Students must attend school in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, or Warren counties or, if home schooled, 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.

Special Prizes at North Country History Day 2019

New York State Archives Partnership Trust prize for an outstanding individual project for the use of primary sources went to the Senior Paper “The Rise and Fall of the Lake Placid Club” by Grace Sayward from North Country Home schoolers.

Adirondack Torch Club prize for an outstanding Junior Division entry that best addressed the theme of “Triumph & Tragedy in History” went to the Junior Group Exhibit “The Serum Run of 1925” by Ava Bartholomew, Abigail Simmons, and Gabryella Stevens from Gouverneur Middle School.

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.

North Country History Day 2019

In 2019, the North Country History Day Regional Contest was held on Saturday, March 2nd, in the Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga. Eighteen projects and 41 students qualified to represent the North Country at New York State History Day on Monday, April 29, 2019, in Cooperstown, New York. Congratulations to all our Region’s representatives at the state contest.

See the winners from North Country History Day 2019

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