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.
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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Saturday Academy is a free, six-week program for students from grades 8–12 who love American history and are looking to strengthen their test-taking skills. Participants can choose from SAT prep course, an extensive review for the Advanced Placement U.S. History exam, and other hands-on history courses that draw on the New-York Historical Society’s collections.

This program is supported by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Future Program Dates: Saturdays, October 5th – November 23rd, 2019, 10 am – 1 pm

  • Saturday, October 5th (SAT Prep Only) 
  • Saturday, October 12th (All courses)
  • Saturday, October 19th (All courses)
  • Saturday, October 26th (All courses)
  • Saturday, November 2nd (All courses)
  • Saturday, November 9th (All courses)
  • Saturday, November 16th (All courses)
  • Saturday, November 23rd (SAT Prep Only)

The courses that were offered in Spring 2019:

Fall 2019 courses will be announced closer to the start date.

SAT Prep*
Kayla Coleman and Madrugada Petrillo, Educators, New-York Historical Society
Participants of this eight-week course have the opportunity to prepare for the SAT exam with certified SAT tutors who will help their students develop different strategies and improve test taking abilities through various practice tests and step-by-step instruction. Students will also receive free preparation materials to use at home and during the course. This program will begin on February 23rd with a practice test and culminate on April 14th with another practice test, just in time for the May 4th SAT Test.

Review for the AP United States History Exam
William Boyce, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Participants will enhance both their knowledge of U.S. History and their ability to think contextually about important events and people as well as explore the rich collections of the New-York Historical Society’s Museum and Library and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.

Hsien-wen Tan, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Participants will explore classical, colonial, and contemporary ideas of citizenship, paying particular attention to our own American example. Students are to examine the ways in which U.S. citizenship has been expanded and the ever-changing reasons some are included and excluded from it. Through artwork, artifacts, and primary source texts, students will investigate the experiences of Black Americans after the Civil War and Asian immigrants on the Western Frontier, among many others. The course will not only focus on what makes someone a citizen – birthplace, blood, bureaucracy - but also the rights and responsibilities that citizenship grants a person.

Hudson Rising
David Gassett, Educator and Asst Manager, Teen Programs, New-York Historical Society
Participants will explore the geographic and human history of the Hudson-Mohawk watershed through works of the artists of the Hudson River School as well as through maps and other documents. The story begins with the impact of industrialization, exploiting the natural resources and bringing commerce and manufacturing to the lowlands. While the working class was drawn to the factories, the upper class built vacation lodges in the Adirondack Mountains, where the threat to the wilderness was identified as early as 1864. Environmental activism resulted in legislation that created Adirondack Park and Palisades Interstate Park. The tradition of public involvement continues into the twenty-first century, resulting in the protection of river water quality and the maintenance of estuarine integrity.

Application Guidelines
Applications for Fall 2019 will open in July 2019.

After your form is submitted you will receive an email notification confirming your submission and a second email when your enrollment is confirmed. We will stop accepting applications once each program is filled.

  • Applicants must provide a valid photo ID (school ID, state ID, passport, IDNYC, etc.) on their first day.

Get Updates!

More information about future courses, applications, and important dates will be posted as we reach closer to the each session. To get updates and not get left behind, please join our mailing list! Send any and all questions and inquiries about the Saturday Academy programs to



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