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 grades 8–12 who are excited to delve into American history and strengthen their test-taking skills. Participants can choose from SAT prep, review for the Advanced Placement U.S. History exam, and 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.
Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academy will be offered at the New-York Historical Society in spring of 2019.
Courses offered during Fall 2017 Saturday Academy:
Sasha Panaram and Kayla Coleman, SAT Tutors, New-York Historical Society
Participants in this course will feel confident and prepared to take the SAT exam after having had the opportunity to take two practice tests, receive free preparation materials, and develop test taking strategies.
Review for the AP United States History Exam
Bill Boyce, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Participants will develop both their U.S. History content knowledge as well as their ability to think historically while engaging with the rich collections of the New-York Historical Society’s Museum and Library and those of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Paul Swartz, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Participants will explore classical, colonial, and contemporary conceptions of citizenship, paying particular attention to our own American example. Through artworks, artifacts, and primary source texts, we will investigate the experiences of Jewish refugees in Dutch New Amsterdam, escaped slaves in the antebellum era, and Asian immigrants on the Western Frontier, among many others. We will look at the ways in which the sacred circle of citizenship has been expanded and talk about how some Americans were included and excluded from its orbit. We will focus not only on what makes a citizen – birthplace, blood, bureaucracy, - but on the rights and responsibilities that citizenship confers.
The Vietnam War
Doris Domoszlai, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Participants will learn about the significance of this controversial war and its continued impact on the American conscience at its 50th anniversary. Utilizing artifacts and documents from The Vietnam War exhibition along with multimedia primary sources, participants will explore the conflict from multiple perspectives. This includes the root causes of the conflict, the key political players and their ideologies, arguments in favor of and against the draft, pro- and anti-war propaganda strategies used on the home front, and the lasting legacies of the first televised war.
*The SAT Prep classes are open only to students currently enrolled in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Students who register for the SAT Prep class must also register for a history class of their choosing. Requests to enroll only in SAT Prep will not be approved.
If you have questions regarding Saturday Academy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.