Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.
AMERICAN MUSICALS PROJECT, 2017 – 2018
The American Musicals Project teaches American history using the power and emotional energy of musical theater masterworks and extraordinary primary resources from our collections. Classes during the 2017 – 2018 school year include 1776 and the Declaration of Independence, Big River and Antebellum America, Oklahoma! and westward expansion, Annie and the Great Depression, and West Side Story and Puerto Rican migration. Optional homework.
Schedule and Requirements
Students must be the age required for their specific class by the date of the first class.
Fridays from 1:30 – 3 pm
$150 per series, $700 if you book all five.
Series 1: 1776 – Declaration of Independence
September 15 and 22, October 6, 13, 20
How did the Declaration of Independence get written? Take a seat with John Adams and the rest of the Continental Congress of 1776 and learn why the Founding Fathers risked treason for the sake of a new nation.
Series 2: Big River – Antebellum America
November 3, 10, 17, December 1 and 8
What was the experience of enslaved people prior to the Civil War? Join Huck Finn as he helps Jim to freedom and investigate the realities of slavery in the American South.
Series 3: Oklahoma! – Westward Expansion
January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2
What makes O-K-L-A-homa’s statehood so significant? Travel with the farmer and cowman out west and experience the injustice and opportunities of westward expansion seen in the Sooner State.
Series 4: Annie – Great Depression
February 9, 16, March 9, 16, 23
How did ordinary families survive the Great Depression? Walk the streets of Roosevelt-era America and discover how Annie and other citizens responded to severe economic decline.
Series 5: West Side Story – Puerto Rican Migration
April 20, May 4, 11, 18, 25
Why did Puerto Ricans want to be in America? Navigate postwar New York with the Sharks and discover why this community would risk danger and difficulty for the promise of a new life.
For questions and registration, contact email@example.com or (212) 873-3400 ext. 505.