The Citizenship Project

"When I shared with my friends about the sessions, they asked me why not just memorize the 100 items for the citizenship exams?

My reply was: I'm a visual person and I usually internalize an info or issue with actual viewing and hearing, and that it is my intention to understand better the history of the United States."

—Elsie, originally from the Philippines 

The New-York Historical Society offers free online citizenship classes for green card holders preparing for the naturalization interview. The online citizenship course prepares permanent residents for the civics test portion of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization interview.

The interactive online naturalization preparation course covers all 100 questions from the USCIS Civics Test. Participants learn about American history and government using objects, paintings, and documents from the New-York Historical collections through videoconferencing. Online citizenship classes are taught in English and are accessible to English Language Learners. We also offer an online Spanish citizenship class for people who qualify for the English language exemption.

The Citizenship Project is made possible by generous grants from the Carnegie Corporation, Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The New York Community Trust, and in partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now!

Upcoming Dates

May 7 – June 11
Saturdays, 10 am–12 pm ET

May 10 – June 16
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6–7 pm ET

May 17 – June 23
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8–9 pm ET

May 23 – July 6
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6–7 pm ET

May 28 – July 2
Saturdays, 10 am–12 pm ET

Complete this form to sign up for an online citizenship course. 

Questions? Contact us at

Out of Many, One

The trailer for a Netflix documentary short that uses the Citizenship Project as an inspiration and follows five immigrants who are on their journey to U.S. citizenship.

Take Our Online Citizenship Quiz!

The naturalization exam comprises 10 random questions chosen from a total of 100—can you answer just six correctly? The questions are paired with objects from our Museum and Library collections to create key connections and context in American history using object-based learning.

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Education programs are made possible through endowments established by
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hearst Foundations
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Public funds are provided by
Institute of Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
The Achelis and Bodman Foundation
The Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund
Acorn Hill Foundation
Altman Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
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Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Con Edison
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Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Mark and Lori Fife
Henry Nias Foundation
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Keith Haring Foundation
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Caroline Lowndes Foundation
Ann Lozman
Dan W. Lufkin

Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Sandra and Lowell Mintz
Consulate General of the Netherlands
New York Community Trust
Onassis Foundation USA
Heidi and Richard Ong
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
The Pinkerton Foundation
Jean Reid
Denice Rein
Richard Reiss
Rice Family Foundation
Sara Lee Schupf
The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts
Robie Spector
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
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Thompson Family Foundation
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Rachael Wells
Winston Foundation
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