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

Education Mission

The New-York Historical Society Education Division provides dynamic programming and curriculum resources for students and teachers in New York and beyond. Historical study sparks curiosity and creativity, promotes cultural understanding, and fosters an empowered citizenry to strengthen our democracy. Our staff of passionate professionals draws on our world-renowned collections to engage learners of all ages in the study of our collective past.


Education programs made possible through endowments established by:
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hearst Foundations
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Public funding provided by:
Institute for Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Important support provided by:Barker Welfare Foundation  
BNY Mellon   
Con Edison  
Deutsche Bank   
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Ford Foundation   
The Keith Haring Foundation   
Hearst Foundation, Inc.
The JPB Foundation    
Susan and Robert E. Klein   
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation   
New York Community Trust   
Henry Nias Foundation  
The Pinkerton Foundation   
Fred and Joan Pittman  
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner  
Stavros Niarchos Foundation   
Gillian V. and Robert Steel  
Susan Waterfall
Tiger Baron Foundation
and an anonymous donor.  


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


History Detectives: Ages 8-10

History Detectives is a multi-modal course for intermediate learners (ages 8-10) to begin the chronological study of American history. Each series consists of three classroom lessons plus a fourth bonus experience where students explore the museums galleries or create a work of art! You can register your child for each series individually, or receive a discount for booking the full year.

Tuition must be paid in full to reserve a spot in the class. To receive the discount for booking the full year, complete payment must be submitted before the academic year begins on September 20.


  • $150 per individual series (3 lessons + bonus experience)
  • $650 for all five series (15 lessons + 5 bonus experiences)


Being a Historian: Learn how historians analyze different types of primary sources to learn about the past.
Dates: Fridays- 09/20/19, 09/27/19, 10/04/19, 10/11/19
Time: 1:30pm-3pm

  • Learning History with Objects
  • Learning History with Paintings
  • Learning History with Documents

Bonus: Being a Historian Gallery Program: Practice your new historical thinking skills during a highlights tour of the museum collections.


Colonies to Revolution: Study the complex societies built by the Lenni-Lenape, Dutch, and British, and how these peoples laid the foundation for modern day New York.
Dates: Fridays- 11/01/19, 11/08/19, 11/15/19, 11/22/19
Time: 1:30pm-3pm

  • New York’s First People
  • Life in New Amsterdam
  • Life in British New York

Bonus: Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere Special Exhibition Program: Discover the legacy of Paul Revere, the patriot, silversmith, and entrepreneur whose many accomplishments are often eclipsed by his legendary midnight ride. 


The American Revolution in New York: Transport yourself to New York City during the American Revolution to learn about the causes, clashes, and construction of a new nation
Dates: Fridays- 01/17/20, 01/24/20, 01/31/20, 02/07/20
Time: 1:30pm-3pm

  • The Road to Revolution
  • American Revolution: Life of a Soldier
  • New York, New Nation

Bonus: Revolutionary Printmaking Studio Workshop: Consider the importance of printmaking in the American Revolution and work with an art educator to create your own revolutionary broadside.


The Civil War: Study the causes, conflicts, and consequences of the war that divided the nation.
Dates: Fridays- 02/28/20, 03/06/20, 03/13/20, 03/20/20
Time: 1:30pm-3pm

  • Slavery in New York
  • New York Divided-The Civil War
  • Reconstruction

Bonus: In Profile Special Exhibition Gallery Program: Explore the art of historic and contemporary silhouettes, a medium popularized during the Civil War, and discover what you can learn about someone solely from this captivating art form.


Melting Pot: Learn about the experiences of immigrant groups who came to the U.S. and their contributions to American history and culture.
Dates: Fridays- 05/01/20, 05/08/20, 05/15/20, 05/22/20
Time: 1:30pm-3pm

  • Immigrant Journeys
  • Immigrant City
  • Industrialization

Bonus: Immigration Mixed Media Studio Workshop: Use color, shape, and line to create an expressionist postcard depicting what it would be like to immigrate to New York at the turn of the 20th century.

Creative: Tronvig Group