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.

Informational Session Signup

Interested in learning more about free Civics classes for permanent residents? Join us for an information session!

Wednesday, November 8, 6-7pm
Thursday, November 9, 10-11am
Saturday, November 11, 10-11am
Wednesday, November 15, 6-7pm
Thursday, November 16, 10-11am
Saturday, November 25, 10-11am
Wednesday, November 29, 6-7pm
Thursday, November 30, 10-11am
Wednesday, December 6, 6-7pm
Thursday, December 7, 10-11am

Please fill out this form and we will contact you shortly.

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Help support our free classes, educational programs, special installations, and family activities.

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Support the New-York Historical Society

Help us present groundbreaking exhibitions and develop educational programs about our nation's history for more than 200,000 schoolchildren annually.


"When I shared with my friends about the sessions, they asked me why not just memorize the 100 items for the citizenship exams?
My reply was: I'm a visual person and I usually internalize an info or issue with actual viewing and hearing,
and that it is my intention to understand better the history of the United States."

-Saturday program student

The New-York Historical Society now offers FREE civics classes for green card holders on the path to American citizenship. The 32-hour course prepares permanent residents for the civics test portion of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization interview.

The interactive course covers all 100 questions from the USCIS Civics Test. Participants will explore the Museum and learn about American history and government using objects, paintings, and documents from our collection. Classes are taught in English and are accessible to English Language Learners.

The Citizenship Project is made possible by generous grants from the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and in partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now!

New Courses Start This Winter

November 18 - December 9
Saturdays, 9am - 5pm
January 6 - February 3
Saturdays, 9am - 5pm
January 9 - February 15
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 - 8pm



Join us for an information session at the New-York Historical Society.
Information sessions are mandatory before registering for a course. Information sessions are provided in English, with Spanish-speaking educators present ​to provide assistance as needed.

Every Wednesday, 6-7pm
Every Thursday, 10-11am
The second and fourth Saturday of every month, 10-11am

To register for an information session, please complete the form below.

Please note that at this time we offer this program only for permanent residents who are eligible for citizenship.


Contact us at or 212-873-3400 ext. 511.

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