Scholars Program: Hands-on History for Teens
“I would recommend this program to my peers because the chance to work with original documents and a highly specialized museum and library staff is an opportunity seldom offered to high school students.”
– Andrew Sobelsohn, Summer Scholar 2014
The Scholars Program for Teens at New-York Historical is designed for history-loving high school students, grades 9-12, with a particular passion for New York City history. The program seeks to strengthen visual literacy skills and the ability to conduct in-depth historical research using New-York Historical’s extensive collection. Scholars will either explore a current museum exhibition in-depth or conduct their research in the print, manuscript, and photograph collections in the Library. All Scholars will select a research theme of interest with the opportunity to convey that particular topic in New York and American history to a broader audience.
The Scholars Program for Teens has two sessions per year: Spring and Summer.
Upcoming Dates to Know:
Summer 2017 Program Dates:
- Deadline to apply: May 5, 2017
- Program dates: August 15 – 25, Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 AM – 1 PM
Participation is $300 with Family Membership to N-YHS or $350 per student for non-Members. Full scholarship opportunities are available. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. A valid photo ID (school ID, state ID, passport, ID NYC, etc.) is required in order to participate in the Summer Scholars Program.
Historians and Art Historians regularly come to the New-York Historical Society to conduct research. This August, the Summer Scholars will have the chance to do the same! High school students from the New York City metropolitan area are invited to spend eight sessions researching, writing, and creating educational materials about locations of literary significance throughout Manhattan. The history behind these locations will be the catalyst for in-depth investigations within the research library of the New-York Historical Society.
This program is offered in collaboration with Literary Manhattan, an organization dedicated to promoting literacy and increasing public awareness of Manhattan’s rich literary history. Scholars will become trained in research methods while exploring the vast collection of the prestigious Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society, one of the oldest independent research libraries in the United States. Scholars will discover archived manuscript, map, printed, and microfilm primary sources, further develop their critical thinking and writing skills, and develop their portfolios by contributing to creative projects. Summer 2017 Scholars will then have the unique and exciting opportunity to use the research they conduct at N-YHS to contribute to Literary Manhattan’s project to document notable locations in the literary world.
Previous Teen Scholars Projects
Spring 2017 Scholars enjoyed in-depth, behind the scenes access to current exhibitions at N-YHS including Tattooed New York; Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing; “I Am King of the World”: Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky; and The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World. Participants spent five Saturdays examining and discussing art, artifacts, and documents contained in these exhibitions while exploring questions that focused on expression of individual and national identities.
Summer 2016 Scholars explored The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society to research the history of locations of literary significance throughout Manhattan, in collaboration with Literary Manhattan. Literary Manhattan is an organization dedicated to promoting literacy and increasing public awareness of Manhattan’s rich literary history. The Scholars had the unique and exciting opportunity to use their research to write about and create educational materials for Literary Manhattan’s project to document notable locations in the literary world.
The Spring 2016 Scholars had the unique and exciting opportunity to investigate the Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York exhibition. This show illuminated local innovations that were instrumental to computer development, from vacuum tubes and punched cards to transistors, and through the exhibition they explored various historical topics and primary sources with a focus on how technology has affected the world we live in today.
Summer 2015 Scholars explored The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Societyto research the history of locations of literary significance throughout Manhattan, in collaboration with Literary Manhattan. Literary Manhattan is an organization dedicated to promoting literacy and increasing public awareness of Manhattan’s rich literary history. The Scholars had the unique and exciting opportunity to use their research to write about and create educational materials for Literary Manhattan’s project to document notable locations in the literary world.
Spring 2015 Scholars had the exciting opportunity to investigate Chinese American: Exclusion/ Inclusion, which explored the centuries-long history of trade and immigration between China and the United States—a history that involved New York from its very beginnings. They debated the question “What does it mean to be an American?” while developing their critical thinking, visual literacy, and document analysis skills through group discussions rooted in primary sources of a variety of mediums all while making connections to current news articles to better contextualize the issues of today as an important part of both New York and American history.
Summer 2014 Scholars had the unique opportunity to develop their research, critical thinking, and writing skills while exploring the New-York Historical Society’s extensive Library and Museum collections. Scholars developed valuable skills and effective practices for researching while gaining access to the vast resources of New-York Historical. They each explored a topic in American History of their choice while learning how to make use of a research library at The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society, one of the oldest independent research libraries in the United States. Scholars discovered archived manuscript, map, printed, and microfilm primary sources within the Library's collection.
Fall 2013 Sunday Scholars immersed themselves in The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, an exhibition that revisited the famous 1913 New York Armory Show with an eye towards the seismic shifts in American culture, politics, and society at the time. The Scholars researched within a museum setting, further developed their critical thinking and writing skills, and ultimately presented their discoveries in an interactive web-based timeline. You can view the Scholars’ work here.
Spring 2013 Sunday Scholars explored the photography of Camilo José Vergara, focusing on his photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr. murals (featured in the exhibition The Dream Continues: Photographs of Martin Luther King Murals by Vergara at New-York Historical) to inform their own creative projects. The Scholars composed their own multi-media, research-based, documentation projects. View them here.
Fall 2012 Sunday Scholars studied artist Camilo José Vergara’s time-lapse photography in order to reflect on the changing social and cultural fabric of urban geography. They also shot before-and-after images to preserve history in their own terms and produced a documentary of their photographs and related research. View it here.
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