Education

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:
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
Anonymous

 

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Join us for any of the interactive professional learning programs listed below to expand your content knowledge and enrich your use of primary sources in the classroom!

The New-York Historical Society is an NYSED-approved CTLE sponsor, and participation in workshops is applicable towards maintaining professional certification from the New York City Department of Education.

All “Pizza & PD” and “Think & Drink with a Historian” sessions are FREE to teachers whose students participate in our Social Studies Enrichment, Art of History, or History on Broadway programs.

For questions & registration, contact professional.learning@nyhistory.org or
212-873-3400 ext. 510.


April

Saturday Workshop
Vietnam in Memory: The Legacy of War
Saturday, April 7, 9 am – 2 pm
The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial events of the 20th century and it left a lasting impact on many who lived through it. This multifaceted workshop includes strategies for conducting oral histories projects with our Teen Programs team, and a gallery tour of our groundbreaking exhibition The Vietnam War: 1945-1975. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 5 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Special Workshop
King in the Wilderness Film Screening at NYU
Monday, April 9, 6:30 pm
Join the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives in conjunction with NYU Skirball Talks for a film screening and panel discussion of the HBO film King in the Wilderness, which presents Dr. King’s internal philosophical struggles prior to his assassination in 1968. This event is not eligible for CTLE hours. Free with RSVP by visiting https://nyuskirball.org/events/
Pizza & PD
Jacksonian Democracy
Thursday, April 12, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Andrew Jackson’s victory in the presidential election of 1828 led to years of controversial democratic reform. Unpack the complexities of his presidency using materials from our collection and consider how Jacksonian politics changed the course of our nation’s history. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Think & Drink
LGBTQ Workers’ Rights with Margot Canaday
Wednesday, April 18, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Join Margot Canaday, Princeton University Professor and author of The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America, as she discusses her new research on the history of LGBTQ people in the workplace. Wine and cheese will be served. This workshop is not eligible for CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
P-Credit Course
Accessory Stories: Wearable Art Inspired by the Past
Saturdays, April 21 & 28, 9 am-4 pm daily
Inspired by the special exhibition Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes, this two-day collaboration with Materials for the Arts will explore how shoes can be used to teach interdisciplinary history, art history, and visual art lessons. Participants will receive 12 CTLE hours. NOTE: This course will meet at N-YHS on April 21 and at Materials for the Arts on April 28. $150 per person Register Here
Pizza & PD
The Civil Rights Movement in Presidential Rhetoric
Wednesday, April 25, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Using primary sources, discuss how and why presidential rhetoric about civil rights shifted over the course of the Civil Rights Movement and how studying leaders’ words can enhance student understanding of our nation’s fight for racial equality. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


May

Saturday Workshop
Women & Activism
Saturday, May 5, 9 am – 2 pm
Fighting for causes from suffrage to racial equality, from reproductive rights to environmental issues, women have been a driving force in political movements throughout history. Using our exhibition Collecting the Women’s Marches and primary sources from our collection and curriculum library, look back at the history of women’s activism and explore what is still being fought for today. This workshop will also include a lecture by University of Maryland Professor Sharon Harley. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 5 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Think & Drink
The Constitution Today with Akhil Reed Amar
Tuesday, May 8, 4:30 -6:30 pm

Akhil Reed Amar, Professor at Yale University, will discuss the constitutional significance of the 2016 election and touch upon a range of modern Constitutional controversies. Teachers will also take home a free copy of his newest book, The Constitution Today! Wine and cheese will be served. This workshop is not eligible for CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Think & Drink
Immigration and Exclusion with Julia Rose Kraut
Thursday, May 24, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Join Julia Rose Kraut, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the New-York Historical Society, as she explores the history of ideological exclusion and deportation in the United States, from the Alien Act of 1798 to the War on Terror. Wine and cheese will be served. This workshop is not eligible for CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza P&D
Conservation in History: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife
Wednesday, May 30, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Tour our exhibition, Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife, and use objects, clothing, and paintings from our Audubon collection to discover how widespread commercial hunting inspired a wave of environmental activism that resulted in the Migratory Bird Act of 1918 and significant changes in the way Americans think about conservation. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


June

Chancellor’s Day
Rockwell, Roosevelt, and the Four Freedoms
Thursday, June 7, 8:30 am – 3 pm
In 1943 Norman Rockwell created a series of paintings that gave a visual voice to President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech. Tour Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, then participate in hands-on breakout sessions that explore FDR’s call to defend worldwide freedom. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person Register Here
Chancellor’s Day
The Politics of Fashion
Thursday, June 7, 8:30 am – 3 pm

What can a shoe or hat divulge about its wearer and the world in which s/he lived? Tour two special exhibitions, Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife and Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes and investigate how objects of adornment reflect personal and societal values. The day will include a keynote by fashion historian and FIT Professor Justine De Young. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person Register Here
Chancellor’s Day
Hard History for Little Learners
Thursday, June 7, 8:30 am – 3 pm

How can we make difficult historical topics accessible for younger learners? In this content-driven workshop, explore our DiMenna Children’s History Museum and examine resources, strategies, and best practices for exposing students in grades K-5 to more complex historical content while still meeting them at their level. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person Register Here
Saturday Workshop
Slavery & Abolition in New York
Saturday, June 16, 9 am – 2 pm

New York was the capital of American slavery for more than two centuries, and throughout that time enslaved people challenged the institution of slavery. Using our Slavery in New York and New York Divided curricula, explore the experiences of African Americans in New York City from the 1600s to the 1820s. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 5 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Rockwell, Roosevelt, and the Four Freedoms
Wednesday, June 20, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

In 1943 Norman Rockwell created a series of paintings that gave a visual voice to President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech. Tour Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms and explore strategies for using these rich resources to discuss FDR’s call to defend worldwide freedom with your students. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


July

Summer Workshop
Conservation in History: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife
Friday, July 13, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tour our exhibition, Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife, and use objects, clothing, and paintings from our Audubon collection to discover how widespread commercial hunting inspired a wave of environmental activism that resulted in the Migratory Bird Act of 1918 and significant changes in the way Americans think about conservation. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Summer Workshop
Understanding the Executive Branch
Monday, July 16, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution states: “The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” What does that entail? Explore the progression of the powers of the Executive branch and discuss strategies for helping your students understand what those powers mean today. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Summer Workshop
Women’s History: In the Shoes of Our Foremothers
Tuesday, July 17, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Tour Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes and learn about American history through the lens of material and consumer culture to discover what shoes can tell us about American economic history and women as makers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Summer Workshop
Families and Communities Then & Now
Monday, July 23, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Explore objects and images from our permanent collection and discover what life was like for families of the past. Using primary sources, discuss strategies for helping elementary school students make thoughtful comparisons between families long ago and today. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Summer Workshop
Four Freedoms: Building a World of Rights
Tuesday, July 24, 10 am – 2 pm and Wednesday, July 25, 10 am - 1 pm

Join us for this special two-day summer workshop in collaboration with Four Freedoms Park! On day one tour our dynamic exhibition Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms and connect with primary sources from our collections. On day two, visit the Park and consider how this public space honors Roosevelt’s vision for a peaceful world order. Pizza will be served on July 24 and breakfast will be served on July 25. Participants will receive 7 CTLE hours. NOTE: This session will meet at N-YHS on July 24 and Four Freedoms Park on July 25. $30 per person Register Here
Summer Workshop
Natives and Newcomers with Andrew Lipman
Friday, July 27, 10 am – 2 pm

How did the Lenape people respond to the arrival of Dutch traders and colonists? This workshop will include a lecture by Andrew Lipman, Barnard Professor and author of The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast, who will cover the central challenges and conflicts that arose between Natives and newcomers in New Netherland and early New York. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


August

Summer Workshop
New Nation & the Constitution
Wednesday, August 1, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Once the Continental army defeated the British in the Revolutionary War, citizens of the new United States had to decide what came next. Using documents from our rich collections discover how the Founding Fathers and Mothers developed the U.S. Constitution and shaped a new nation. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Summer Workshop
Women and the American Story: The Early Colonial Period, 1500-1740
Tuesday, August 7, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Get a sneak preview of the colonial unit of our curriculum guide Women and the American Story. Uncover the active roles women of diverse backgrounds played in the early colonial period across New England, New Netherland, New Spain, and New France. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Summer Workshop
Women and the American Story: Modernizing America, 1889-1920
Wednesday, August 8, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Get a sneak preview of the Progressive Era unit of our curriculum guide Women and the American Story. Discover how diverse women across the country fought tirelessly to redefine their roles in the home, the workplace, and the voting booth between 1889 and 1920. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Summer Workshop
Students as Curators
Wednesday, August 22, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Did you know N-YHS’s Teen Leader high school interns curate an annual exhibition on Governors Island? Tour the exhibition – this year focusing on the theme of citizenship – and learn how you can empower your students to take on the work of curators. Coffee and pastries will be served, and you will be finished in time to enjoy a picnic lunch on your own. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. NOTE: All participants will meet and travel together on the 9:00am ferry from Manhattan. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Summer Workshop
Rockwell, Roosevelt, and the Four Freedoms
Thursday, August 23, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

In 1943 Norman Rockwell created a series of paintings that gave a visual voice to President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech. Tour Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms and explore strategies for using these rich resources to discuss FDR’s call to defend worldwide freedom with your students. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Summer Workshop
The Lost Cause and the Mythology of the Confederacy
Monday, August 27, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

How did the belief that the Civil War was fought over honor—and not slavery—take form after the war’s end? Using primary sources from our Grant & Lee in War and Peace and the forthcoming Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow curricula, study how the myth of the Lost Cause pervaded popular culture and shaped collective memory for generations. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
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