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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.

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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
P-Credit Course
Accessory Stories: Wearable Art Inspired by the Past
Mondays, August 6 & 13, 10 am - 5 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 August 6 and at Materials for the Arts on August 13. $150 per person 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


September

Fall Educator Open House
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Thursday, September 13, 4:30-6:30 pm

Celebrate a new school year with wine, cheese, and free access to our galleries. Explore the groundbreaking exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow and learn about the many new programs and curriculum materials launching this year! Wine and cheese will be served. This event is not eligible for CTLE hours. FREE with RSVP  Register Here
Pizza & PD
Mapping My New York
Wednesday, September 19, 4:30-6:30 pm

How do maps illustrate change over time? Using our hands-on Art of History curriculum, explore New York maps from different eras to analyze how our city is different today. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Saturday Workshop
Equity in Education: Civil Rights and Schools in 20th Century New York
Saturday, September 22, 10 am-2 pm

Join Center for Women’s History Fellow Nick Juravich for a deep dive into the history of education and civil rights in post-WWII New York. Using original materials created and used by the NYC Board of Education, consider the difficult choices parents, teachers, and administrators had to make as they defined what it meant to bring equality into schools. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Colonial Encounters
Tuesday, September 25, 4:30-6:30 pm

The so-called New World was a complicated web of colonies that forced Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans to interact. Learn about our many resources related to this era, including the forthcoming Women and the American Story: Early Encounters and New World—New Netherland—New York. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Saturday Workshop
Beyond Ellis Island: Studying the Immigrant Experience
Saturday, September 29, 10 am-2 pm

Through primary sources and secondary texts, explore the experiences of the waves of people often left out of the traditional immigration narrative. Consider how evolving immigration policies directly affected generations of families. The day will include a lecture by immigration historian Julia Rose Kraut. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


October

Saturday Workshop
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Saturday, October 6, 10 am-2 pm

In the 50 years following the Civil War, efforts to create an interracial democracy were met with a backlash that ushered in the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow. Using our new exhibition and curriculum guide Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, learn how African Americans advocated for their rights in the struggle for equality. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Educator Open House
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Wednesday, October 10, 4:30 – 7:15 pm

Kick off the school year with an evening of enchantment! Be among the first to view the highly-anticipated exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, which captures the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the beloved Harry Potter series. Explore the fascinating history behind the Hogwarts curriculum subjects and learn about the many education programs on offer this fall! Wine and cheese will be served. This event is not eligible for CTLE hours and is open to K-12 teachers and administrators only. FREE with RSVP to openhouse@nyhistory.org 
Note: In your RSVP email please include your name, email address, phone number, school, grade/subject, and top three preferred exhibition entry times: 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, or 6:45.
Think & Drink
Enslaved Women with Jennifer Morgan
Wednesday, October 17, 4:30-6:30 pm

Join Jennifer Morgan, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis & History at NYU, as she explores the lives of black women as workers and mothers under colonial slavery, and discusses how expectations of gender and reproduction were central to racial ideologies. Wine and cheese will be served. This workshop is not eligible for CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Voting Rights in the United States
Wednesday, October 24, 4:30-6:30 pm

Gear up for Election Day by exploring the history of voting in America. Using primary sources from our collection, consider how the right to vote—including what it means and who has access to it—has changed since our nation’s founding. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Thursday, October 25, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

In this guided interactive tour of the highly anticipated exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, discover mysterious manuscripts, ancient cauldrons, and spells from all over the world to learn how people from long ago used magic to make sense of the world around them. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


November

Pizza & PD
The Progressive Era
Thursday, November 1, 4:30-6:30 pm

Learn how issues around labor, immigration, and citizenship reached a boiling point in the early 20th century. This workshop will highlight materials from our Armory Show at 100 and Women and the American Story curriculum guides. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Election Day
From Jim Crow to Black Power: Vitalizing Black History in the Classroom
Tuesday, November 6, 8:30 am-3 pm

Join us at The Schomburg Center for a daylong exploration of the black experience from Reconstruction through the Black Power movement. Educators from the Schomburg and N-YHS will co-lead tours of the exhibitions Black Power! and Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire, as well as present classroom sessions featuring the new Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow curriculum. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. NOTE: This workshop will take place at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here
Election Day
Women in the Colonial World
Tuesday, November 6, 8:30 am-3 pm

Join us at Teachers College for the official launch of Early Encounters, the colonial era unit of Women and the American Story! Hear from leading scholars in the field, participate in hands-on curriculum activities, and learn about interactions between European, Native, and African women in the English, Spanish, French, and Dutch colonies. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. NOTE: This workshop will take place at Teachers College, Colombia University, 525 W, 120th Street. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here
Election Day
Activist Women of the Progressive Era
Tuesday, November 6, 8:30 am-3 pm

Join us at Teachers College for the official launch of Modernizing America, the Progressive Era unit of Women and the American Story! Engage with “new” primary sources, hear from leading historians, and discover how women fought tirelessly to redefine their roles in the home, the workplace, and the voting booth. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. NOTE: This workshop will take place at Teachers College, Colombia University, 525 W, 120th Street. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here
Hogwarts Curriculum
Astronomy with the New York Hall of Science
Saturday, November 10, 9 am-12:30 pm

Spend your Saturday immersing yourself in the history behind the magic! Begin the day with a guided interactive tour of Harry Potter: A History of Magic and then experience the study of astronomy as educators from the New York Hall of Science lead you on an exploration of the night sky using their immersive portable Starlab! Participants will receive 3.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Wednesday, November 14, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

In this guided interactive tour of the highly anticipated exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, discover mysterious manuscripts, ancient cauldrons, and spells from all over the world to learn how people from long ago used magic to make sense of the world around them. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Think & Drink
Women in the Black Panther Party with Mary Phillips and Robyn Spencer
Thursday, November 15, 4:30-6:30 pm

Join Mary Phillips, CUNY Professor of African and African American Studies, and Robyn Spencer, CUNY Professor of History, as they discuss the multifaceted experiences of women in the Black Panther Party and the framing of Black feminist methodology then and now. Wine and cheese will be served. This workshop is not eligible for CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Teaching the Second Amendment
Wednesday, November 28, 4:30-6:30 pm

How can we prepare our students to take part in the ongoing debate surrounding gun control legislation? Using our collections, explore strategies for teaching students the history of the Second Amendment and how ideas about this right have changed over time. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


December

Pizza & PD
The American Revolution in New York
Wednesday, December 5, 4:30-6:30 pm

Explore the Revolution through the perspective of the New Yorkers who lived through it. Tour our galleries and view original objects, images, and documents to piece together the stories of men and women with differing views of loyalty and patriotism. This workshop will highlight materials from our Battle of Brooklyn curriculum. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Special Workshop
Exploring Democracy and Race in the Age of Jim Crow with Facing History and Ourselves
Thursday, December 6, 8:30 am-3 pm

This workshop is inspired by the exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, and is co-taught by educators from N-YHS and Facing History and Ourselves. Tour the galleries and consider how primary sources can be used to raise fundamental questions about inclusion and exclusion in our nation’s history and the implications for our choices today. Lunch will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here
Hogwarts Curriculum Workshop
Care of Magical Creatures and Herbology
Saturday, December 8, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Spend your Saturday delving into not one, but TWO subjects from the Hogwarts curriculum! Tour the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, then participate in two arts-based workshops inspired by the magical creatures and herbology illustrations on view in the galleries. This interdisciplinary day will include hands-on art making activities designed to bring the history of magic into your science or social studies classrooms. Pizza lunch will be served. Participants will receive 6 CTLE hours. $30 per person ($25 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Immigrant City
Tuesday, December 11, 4:30-6:30 pm

Since 1609, waves of immigrants have arrived in New York Harbor. Using the museum’s collections, discover how different cultures from around the globe shaped the city that we know today. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours.$15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Thursday, December 13, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

In this guided interactive tour of the highly anticipated exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, discover mysterious manuscripts, ancient cauldrons, and spells from all over the world to learn how people from long ago used magic to make sense of the world around them. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Saturday Workshop
Shaping the Past: Women and Historical Sculpture
Saturday, December 15, 10 am-2 pm

Join us for a special Saturday workshop featuring our vast sculpture collections, as well as out new exhibition Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean. Gain insight into the women that create contemporary artwork and consider how you can use sculpture to help students study the past. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


January

Pizza & PD
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Wednesday, January 9, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

In this guided interactive tour of the highly anticipated exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, discover mysterious manuscripts, ancient cauldrons, and spells from all over the world to learn how people from long ago used magic to make sense of the world around them. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Think & Drink
Confederate Monuments with Nina Silber
Wednesday, January 16, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Join Nina Silber, Professor of History at Boston University, as she discusses the history behind Confederate monuments. Learn about her new book, This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America, which explores how the Civil War was remembered during the 1930s and 40s. Wine and cheese will be served. This workshop is not eligible for CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Hogwarts Curriculum Workshop
Astronomy with the New York Hall of Science
Saturday, January 19, 9 am-12:30 pm

Spend your Saturday immersing yourself in the history behind the magic! Begin the day with a guided interactive tour of Harry Potter: A History of Magic and then experience the study of herbology with garden staff and educators from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as you enhance your understanding of ecology, plant science, and the world around you! Participants will receive 3.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Thursday, January 24, 4:30-6:30 pm

In the 50 years following the Civil War, efforts to create an interracial democracy were met with a backlash that ushered in the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow. Using our new exhibition and curriculum guide Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, learn how African Americans advocated for their rights in the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
High School Chancellor’s Day
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Monday, January 28, 8:30 am-3 pm

When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. But efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. Tour our exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow and engage in hands-on classroom activities to discover how black Americans advocated for full citizenship in the face of mounting backlash. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here
High School Chancellor’s Day
Women in the Colonial World
Monday, January 28, 8:30 am-3 pm

Spend the day exploring the colonial era unit of Women and the American Story! Hear from leading scholars in the field, participate in hands-on curriculum activities, and learn about the interactions between European, Native, and African women in the English, Spanish, French and Dutch Colonies. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours.$35 per person Register Here
High School Chancellor’s Day
Activist Women of the Progressive Era
Monday, January 28, 8:30 am-3 pm

Spend the day exploring Modernizing America, the Progressive Era unit of Women and the American Story! Engage with “new” primary sources, hear from experts in the field, and discover how women fought tirelessly to redefine their roles in the home, the workplace, and the voting booth. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person Register Here


February

Think & Drink
The Arc of Abolition with Sarah Gronningsater
Tuesday, February 12, 4:30-6:30 pm

Join Sarah Gronningsater, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, as she explores the transition from slavery to freedom in New York from the first widespread Quaker emancipations in the 1750s to the passage of the Reconstruction Amendments at the close of the Civil War. 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
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20, 9 am-4 pm daily

This two-day, one-credit course explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. Tour our new exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow and participate in hand-on classroom activities that will prepare you to effectively incorporate this content into your lessons. Participants will receive 12 CTLE hours. $65 per person (Note: There is an additional ASPDP fee for those seeking credit.) Register Here
P-Credit Course
Educator Activists: New York City Teachers and the Fight for Civil Rights
Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22, 9 am-4 pm daily

This two-day, one-credit course will explore the history of New York City teachers who used their roles within the community to advocate for equality. Study the history of civil rights in a new light through gallery-based experiences, scholar lectures, and interactive primary source activities and consider how to connect your students to the stories of New York City students and teachers of the past. Participants will receive 12 CTLE hours. $65 per person (Note: There is an additional ASPDP fee for those seeking credit.) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Manifest Destiny & Westward Expansion
Wednesday, February 27, 4:30-6:30 pm

How did the belief that the United States was destined to spread democracy drive territorial expansion in the 1800s? Using maps and other primary sources, explore the impact of Manifest Destiny and the rapid growth of the country. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


March

Spring Educator Open House
Hudson Rising and the Tech Commons @ New-York Historical
Thursday, March 7, 4:30-6:30 pm

Celebrate a new wave of STEM-integration education at N-YHS! View our new exhibition Hudson Rising, an interdisciplinary study of our state’s primary waterway, and see a demo of the companion curriculum. Then visit the Tech Commons @ New-York Historical and meet the staff leading our new suite of digital humanities programs. Chat with colleagues over wine and cheese and take home a Hudson River poster for your classroom! Wine and cheese will be served. This event is not eligible for CTLE hours. Free with RSVP Register Here
Saturday Workshop
American Women at Work
Saturday, March 9, 10 am-2 pm

Throughout American history women have worked in homes, in factories, in fields, and beyond. Using materials from our Women and the American Story curriculum, explore how paid and unpaid labor has been a crucial part of the American experience for women across age, race, and status. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Teaching Slavery Through Art: The Work of Betye Saar
Wednesday, March 13, 4:30-6:30 pm

Tour our exhibition Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean, and use Saar’s unique sculptures to discuss the contemporary artist’s exploration of the unresolved legacy of slave labor and racial oppression in America. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Hudson Rising: Environmental History of New York
Thursday, March 21, 4:30-6:30 pm

Tour our exhibition Hudson Rising to learn how the political, economic, cultural, and ecological debates over the use of the Hudson River have shaped the history of New York City’s most important waterway since the 19th century. Through social and environmental history, discover the challenges facing the Hudson River today and in years to come. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
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