Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.

The New-York Historical Society is proud to partner with CUNY Citizenship Now!

The Citizenship Project is generously supported by the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Other community organizations that promote the well-being of immigrant communities include the NALEO Educational Fund and the New Americans Campaign.

Informational Session Registration

Interested in learning more about free Civics classes for permanent residents? Join us for an information session!

Wednesday, August 30, 6-7pm
Wednesday, September 6, 6-7pm
Saturday, September 9, 10-11am
Wednesday, September 13, 6-7pm
Thursday, September 14, 10-11am
Wednesday, September 20, 6-7pm
Thursday, September 21, 10-11am
Saturday, September 23, 10-11am
Wednesday, September 27, 6-7pm
Thursday, September 28, 10-11am

Please fill out this form and we will contact you shortly.

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Support the New-York Historical Society

Help us present groundbreaking exhibitions and develop educational programs about our nation's history for more than 200,000 schoolchildren annually.


"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

–Excerpt from The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus, engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty

The New-York Historical Society now offers FREE civics classes for green card holders on the path to American citizenship. The 33-hour course prepares permanent residents for the civics test portion of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization process.

The interactive course covers the 100 questions on the USCIS Civics Test. Participants will explore the Museum and learn about American history and government using objects, paintings, and documents from our collection.

The Citizenship Project is made possible by generous grants from the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and in partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now!

New Courses Start This Fall!

September 6 – October 4
Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 am – 1 pm 

September 9 – September 30
Saturdays, 8:30 am – 5 pm 

September 25 – November 27
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm 

October 3 – October 31
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am – 1 pm 

October 7 – November 4
Saturdays, 8:30 am – 5 pm


Join us for an information session at the New-York Historical Society.
Information sessions are mandatory before registering for a course. Information sessions are provided in English, with Spanish-speaking educators present ​to provide assistance as needed.

Every Wednesday, 6-7pm
Every Thursday, 10-11am
The second and fourth Saturday of every month, 10-11am

To register for an information session, please complete the form below.

Please note that at this time we offer this program only for permanent residents who are eligible for citizenship.


Contact us at or 212-873-3400 ext. 511.

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