Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.
GILDER-LEHRMAN SATURDAY ACADEMY
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.