Education

Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.

The New-York Historical Society is proud to partner with CUNY Citizenship Now!

The Citizenship Project is supported by:
Ford Foundation
The JPB Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The New York Community Trust

Other community organizations that promote the well-being of immigrant communities include the NALEO Educational Fund and the New Americans Campaign.

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“Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.”

–John F. Kennedy

What does it mean to become an American? In partnership with CUNY’s Citizenship Now!, we’ve launched The Citizenship Project, a major initiative to help the more than one million legal immigrants in the New York region become American citizens through free civics and American history classes and other educational and digital learning tools. Applications for U.S. citizenship have dramatically increased over the last year—the Citizenship Project offers a unique avenue for addressing this growing demand, assisting future citizens with the naturalization exam, and serving the needs of our community. By using art and objects from our collection to put American history in context, the Citizenship Project creates a personal and dynamic educational experience beyond rote memorization.

The New-York Historical Society is committed to telling the American story and fostering a community of learners to consider what it means to be an American, past and present. For more than a decade, New-York Historical has hosted naturalization ceremonies at the Museum, celebrating new American citizens as they join our nation, and our exhibitions, programs, and educational initiatives delve into our nation’s history and explore issues such as American government, immigration, culture, and civics.

Join us for free classes, educational programs, special installations, and family activities that examine the basic principles of our American Constitution and democratic institutions.

FREE CLASSES FOR GREEN CARD HOLDERS

Since summer 2017, free civics and history classes are available to help green card holders prepare for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization exam. Courses take place on-site at the New-York Historical Society on Saturdays and weekday evening. In addition, New-York Historical offers off-site classes at community organizations and schools across the five boroughs. Through these courses, made possible by generous grants from the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the New York Community Trust, participants learn about pivotal moments in U.S. history by examining objects and documents from our collections.  

New Courses Start This Fall

September 11 - October 18
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am - 12pm
 
September 15 - October 6
Saturdays, 10am - 4pm
 
September 18 - October 25
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8pm
 
October 20 - November 10
Saturdays, 10am - 4pm


To pre-register for a course, click here to fill out our pre-registration form.
 

Want to learn more? Contact us at thecitizenshipproject@nyhistory.org or call 212-873-3400, ext. 511.

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ONLINE QUIZ: THINK YOU COULD PASS THE NATURALIZATION EXAM?

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization exam comprises 10 random questions chosen from a total of 100—can you answer just six correctly? Take our online quiz to find out! 

This quiz features questions from the naturalization exam paired with objects from our Museum and Library collections to create key connections and context in American history using object-based learning.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS AND TALKS

A host of programs all year long featuring historians and experts explore what it means to be an American, from immigration issues to the concepts and ideals that founded our nation to the future of our justice system and government.

See the full schedule of public programs.  

Watch and listen to select video and audio from our archive of public programs—including a recent program on immigration and voting rights and how America protects the civil and political rights of newcomers.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Walk through Museum galleries guided by an engaging Scavenger Hunt that tests your knowledge of American history and civics, finding objects from America’s past and learning about the subjects tested on the naturalization exam. Test questions and answers are also displayed on an interactive tablet by the lobby’s elevator. Plus, become a History Detective and discover immigration history through games, sketching, and activities with specially designed briefcases housing “detective supplies.” Learn more.

Fun programs throughout the year introduce kids to a range of topics throughout American history, from unique Living History activities that make the past come alive through reenactors, to our monthly Reading into History Family Book Club and other regular program series that challenge young readers to explore U.S. history. See the full schedule of family programs. 

New Americans Children's History Book Prize
In addition to our annual Children's History Book Prize, this year we're pleased to recognize a new award that speaks to history, issues, and personal stories of immigrants in the United States. The inaugural winner, It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas, is a unique portrait of a young Iranian girl’s adjustment to life in this country as she and her family face prejudice. Learn more about the New Americans Children's History Book Prize and this year's winner.

EXHIBITIONS AND DISPLAYS

Join us to ponder what it means to be an American through a series of exhibitions and installations that explore American history and civic engagement. Along with our Center for Women's History, we're proud to lead the way in spotlighting the vital role that women and immigrants have played in shaping the United States. Following in the footsteps of past exhibitions such as The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World and Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusionwe're committed to examining the American experience from the immigrant perspective.

Creative: Tronvig Group