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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.


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National Endowment for the Humanities
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Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Ford Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Altman Foundation
Deutsche Bank
The Pinkerton Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
The Keith Haring Foundation
The Bay and Paul Foundations
The Alice Lawrence Foundation
The Henry Nias Foundation
Fred and Joan Pittman


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Sixth Grade: Becoming a Historian

Prepare your students for their study of the Eastern Hemisphere by teaching them the skills that historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists use to learn about the ancient world.

Over the course of this series, students will be introduced to the four major categories of primary sources: artifacts, images, maps, and documents. Students first learn how to read each type of source for clues and then practice their newfound analytical skills with examples from American history.

At the end of this series students are put to the test and must apply all of their new skills to a study of the 1939 World’s Fair.

  • Session 1: Objects Tell Stories
  • Session 2: Urban Archaeology
  • Session 3: Learning to Read Images
  • Session 4: Learning History with Images
  • Session 5: Learning to Read a Map
  • Session 6: Learning History with Maps
  • Session 7: Learning to Read a Document
  • Session 8: Learning History with Documents
  • Session 9: Culmination – Being a Historian

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