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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.


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Resources for Teachers

Brookhiser, Richard. Alexander Hamilton, American (New York: Touchstone, 2000)

Burrows, Edwin G., and Wallace, Mike. Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999)

Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton (New York: Penguin Books, 2004)

Chernow, Ron. Washington: A Life (New York: The Penguin Press, 2010)

Doty, Richard. America’s Money, America’s Story (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1998)

Purchased. Freeman, Joanne B., ed. Hamilton: Writings (New York: The Library of America, 2001)

Holt, Marilyn. The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1992)

Homberger, Eric. The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of 400 Years of New York City’s History (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2005)

Krohn, Deborah L., and Miller, Peter N., eds., with Marybeth De Filippis. Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick (New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009)

Limerick, Patricia Nelson. The Legacy of Conquest (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1987)

Miller, Amy Bess. Shaker Medicinal Herbs (Pownal, VT: Storey Books, Published in association with Hancock Shaker Village, 1998)

Mintz, Steven. Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Belknap Press, 2006)

Nasaw, David. Children of the City: At Work & At Play (Garden City, New York: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1985)

Riis, Jacob A. How the Other Half Lives, With 100 Photographs from the Riis Collection (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1971; originally published by Charles Scriber’s Sons, 1890)

Rosenwaike, Ira, Population History of New York City (Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 1972) Stauffer, John. The Black Hearts of Men (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2001)

Recommended Books for Children

Baseball Adler, David A. Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. Illustrated by Terry Wildener. San Anselmo, CA: Sandpiper, 2001.

Christopher, Matt, and Glenn Stout. Great Moments in Baseball History. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 1996.

Gibbons, Gale. My Baseball Book. New York: Harper Collins, 2000.

Golenbock, Peter, and Paul Bacon. Teammates. San Anselmo, CA: Sandpiper, 1992.

Gutman, Dan. Baseball’s Biggest Bloppers: The Games that Got Away. New York: Puffin, 1995.

Gutman, Dan. Casey Back at Bat. New York: Harper Collins, 2009.

Gutman, Dan. Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure. New York: Harper Collins, 1998.

Gutman, Dan. Jackie and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure. New York: Harper Collins, 2000.

Gutman, Dan. Roberto and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure. New York: Harper Collins, 2010.

Gutman, Dan. Satch and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure. New York: Amistad, 2009.

Herzog, Bradley. H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet. Illustrated by Melanie Rose. Ann Arbor, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2004.

Negron, Ray. The Boy of Steel: A Baseball Dream Come True. Illustrated by Laura Seeley. New York: Harper Collins, 2006.

Norworth, Jack. Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Illustrated by Alec Gillman. New York: Aladdin, 1999. Posada, Jorge. Play Ball. Illustrated by Raul Colon. New York: Paula Wiseman Books, 2010.

Rappaport, Doreen, and Lyndall Callan. Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women Who Won the World Championship. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2000.

(Ages 9-12) Rodriguez, Alex. Out of the Ball Park. Illustrated by Frank Morrison. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. (4-8)

Smith, Charles R. Jr. Let’s Play Baseball!: Super Sturdy Picture Book. Illustrated by Terry Widener. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 1989. (PK-1)


Atlases and Maps * Sold in Museum

Store Aberg, Rebecca. Map Keys. New York: Children’s Press, 2003. (Ages 4-8)

Brocklehurst, Ruth. Children’s Picture Atlas. Illustrated by Linda Edwards. London: Usborne Publishing LTD, 2004. (Ages.4-8)

Bruun, Eric. Shape States: New York. Illustrated by Rick Peterson. New York : Black Dog & Leventhal, 2002. (Ages 4-8)

Fanelli, Sara. My Map Book. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 1995. (Ages 4-8)

Rabe, Tish. There’s a Map on My Lap! Illustrated by Aristides Ruiz. New York: Random House, 2002. (Ages 4-8)

Sweeney, Joan. Me on the Map. Illustrated by Annette Cable. New York: Crown, 1996.

(Ages 4-8) Wiegand, Patrick. My Very First Oxford Atlas. Oxford: Oxford Up Education, 1997. (Ages 9-12)

Patrick, Weigand. Oxford Junior Atlas. Oxford: Oxford Children’s Reference, 2005. (Ages 7-11)

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