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:Barker Welfare Foundation  
BNY Mellon   
Con Edison  
Deutsche Bank   
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Ford Foundation   
The Keith Haring Foundation   
Hearst Foundation, Inc.
IBM   
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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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. 347.

June | July | August

 

JULY

 

P-Credit Course
Hudson Rising
Thursday, July 18 – Friday, July 19, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
This two-day, one-credit course explores the important role that the Hudson River has played in shaping Americans’ relationship with the natural world. Tour our exhibition Hudson Rising and participate in hands-on, interdisciplinary classroom sessions that use the accompanying curriculum to investigate the historical importance of the Hudson River since 1825. $65 per person. NOTE: There is an additional fee to the ASPDP for those seeking credit. Register Here

Summer Workshop
Enslaved Women in New York
Monday, July 22, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

How did women experience slavery at the intersection of race and gender? Using materials from our New World, New Netherland, New York; Slavery in New York; and Women & the American Story curricula, consider the roles and lives of enslaved women from the early colonial period through the early 19th century. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Summer Workshop
Stonewall 50: LGBTQ Life in NYC
Tuesday, July 23, 9:30 am-12:30 pm and Wednesday, July 24, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

In the years surrounding the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, Greenwich Village became an epicenter for the LGBTQ community. In this exciting two-day collaboration with the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, tour our exhibition Stonewall 50 and then attend a walking tour of Greenwich Village to discover historic social gathering spaces that created a sense of community for LGBTQ individuals in times of brewing political agitation. Coffee and pastries will be served on July 23. Participants will receive 5 CTLE hours. $35 per person Register Here

Summer Think & Drink
Gender Inclusivity and Student Support with Alex Myers
Tuesday, July 23, 4:30-6:30 pm

Spend an evening at N-YHS for a special Summer Think & Drink! Enjoy wine and cheese and join Alex Myers, transgender identity writer and speaker as he discusses best practices for supporting students and fostering gender inclusivity in the classroom. Wine and cheese will be served. This workshop is not eligible for CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Summer Workshop
Shaping the Past: Women in Historical Sculpture
Thursday, July 25, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

What can a work of art tell us about the person it depicts, the person that created it, and the time period in which they lived? Engage with our vast sculpture collection and tour the exhibition Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman to learn how to analyze different types of sculpture in your classroom and discuss the experiences of women throughout history. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Summer Workshop
Hudson Rising: Exploring Natural Habitats
Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31, 9:30 am-12:30 pm daily

Join us for this special two-day summer workshop in collaboration with the Billion Oyster Project! On day one, tour our exciting and interdisciplinary exhibition Hudson Rising and work with materials from the accompanying curriculum to discover the environmental, industrial, and social history of the Hudson River. On day two, visit the Billion Oyster Project site on Governors Island and consider the river’s impact on its non-human inhabitants. Coffee and pastries will be served on July 30. Participants will receive 6 CTLE hours. NOTE: This workshop will meet at N-YHS on July 30 and on July 31 all participants will meet and travel to Governors Island together on the 9:00am ferry from Manhattan. $35 per person Register Here


August

Summer Workshop
Stereotype in American Musicals
Tuesday, August 6, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

How did visual and popular culture perpetuated stereotypes during the 20th century? Using materials from our American Musicals Project curriculum, consider how race, class, and gender history have been misconstrued by musical theater, what musicals can tell us about the time period in which they were created, and what measures Americans took to dismantle derogatory stereotypes. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Summer Workshop
Teaching the Second Amendment
Wednesday, August 7, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

How can we prepare our students to take part in the ongoing debate surrounding gun control legislation? Using a combination of primary sources and scholarly text, explore strategies for teaching students the history behind the Second Amendment and how ideas about the right to bear arms have changed over time. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

P-Credit Course
Stonewall 50: Fashion & Activism in LGBTQ History
Mondays, August 12 and August 19, 10:00am-5:00pm daily

How has clothing been used as a form of expression and social activism throughout history? This two-day, one-credit course dives into the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, and explores fashion, personal presentation, and modes of expression and LGBTQ+ activism from the mid-20th century through today. On day one, tour Stonewall 50 at the New-York Historical Society to consider the historical significance of clothing in LGBTQ+ culture and history. On day two, visit Materials for the Arts and engage in hands-on, classroom-ready art-making activities using reusable materials from the warehouse to explore how fashion can be integrated to teach interdisciplinary history, art history, and visual arts lessons.
NOTE: This course will meet at N-YHS on August 12 and Materials for the Arts on August 19. $150 per person. NOTE: There is an additional fee to the ASPDP for those seeking credit. Regsiter Here

Summer Workshop
Native Women: Teaching Social History and Responses to Colonization
Tuesday, August 13, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Using materials from the Early Encounters unit of our Women & the American Story curriculum discuss the roles of women in various Native American societies and explore the different ways these women responded to colonization. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Summer Workshop
Xenophobia and Racism in the Progressive Era
Thursday, August 15, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Using materials from the Modernizing America unit of our Women & the American Story curriculum, discuss how xenophobia and racism shaped the lives of black women, immigrants, and other minority groups during the turn of the 20th century and how it contradicted the ideals of the Progressive Era and its spirit of social reform. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Summer Workshop
Reconstruction and Black Citizenship
Tuesday, August 20, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began in which Black Americans gained legal citizenship and began operating at all levels of society. Using materials from our Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow curriculum, discuss how Black Americans played a central role in advocating for their rights and pushing back against opposition to their advancement in American society. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Summer Workshop
Intersectionality & the Black Panther Party with Mary Phillips and Robyn Spencer
Wednesday, August 21, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Women in grassroots movements had to navigate the intersection of gender and race in their efforts to affect change. This special session will include a talk from Professors Mary Phillips and Robyn Spencer, followed by a workshop that will use resources from their Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project to discuss the critical roles that women played as Black Panthers, and how they worked to challenge gender roles and stereotypes within the party. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

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