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

Public funds are provided by
Institute of Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Altman Foundation
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Sherri and Darren Cohen
Deutsche Bank
Onassis Foundation USA
Rice Family Foundation
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Sara Lee Schupf
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Lori and Mark Fife
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
GWG Foundation
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner
Henry Nias Foundation
an anonymous donor


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


Help New-York Historical Society bring women’s history to life in classrooms across the country!

In March 2021, the New-York Historical Society launched an exciting new teacher ambassador program in conjunction with our Women & the American Story (WAMS) curriculum website. WAMS Ambassadors are educators committed to not only incorporating more women’s voices into their own instruction, but also helping other teachers do the same. We are excited to launch the second cohort of this dynamic program, with applications opening in late October. 

WAMS Ambassadors will help develop and promote WAMS by providing integral feedback on current and new materials and leading professional development (remote or in-person) designed to bring even more educators and students into contact with the rich resources of our website. Cohort Two of WAMS Ambassadors will run from February 2022 through September 2022.

Stay tuned for more information, or sign up for our WAMS newsletter to receive an announcement when application opens!

WAMSbassador Qualities:  

  • Track record of leading effective inquiry-based and primary-source driven lessons.
  • Demonstrated commitment to bringing diverse and culturally responsive histories into the classroom.
  • Experience leading professional development in your school or other network.
  • Access to (or willingness to quickly build) a network of educators beyond a single school.
  • Interest in museum education, curriculum development, and public history.
  • Unwavering love of history education, even when that history is difficult or unfamiliar.
  • Passion for American women’s history.

WAMSbassador Responsibilities:

  • Participate in 10 hours of synchronous and asynchronous professional development provided by New-York Historical Society.
  • Provide feedback on WAMS materials through focus groups and e-mail questionnaires.
  • Organize, plan, and deliver 2 professional development sessions for teachers in your region focused on bringing WAMS into the classroom.
    • Sessions should extend beyond your school and tap into a wider teacher network.
  • Specialize in one of three content areas  -- Early Colonial Period through the American Revolution; Sectionalism, Antislavery, Civil War, Reconstruction; or Turn of the 20th Century through 1970s.
    • Applicants will be able to indicate their specialization preferences.
  • Be a champion of women’s history in your classroom and in your community. Actively remind the students and educators in your life that Women’s History is American History!

WAMSbassador Benefits:

  • $1,500 stipend distributed in two halves.
  • 10 hours of professional development training, led by experienced museum educators and featuring scholars from New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History.
    • Training will cover culturally responsive, inquiry-based pedagogy techniques; women’s history content; and professional development best practices. 
  • $150 in materials to support your work as a women’s history teacher leader, including reading materials and WAMS-branded swag!
  • Networking in a cohort of outstanding teacher leaders who are equally passionate about women’s history and improving Social Studies instruction.
  • Mentorship from N-YHS staff with extensive experience leading PD and exploring women’s history.

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