Curriculum Library

Explore New-York Historical Society-created curriculum materials, which contain primary sources, life stories, background essays, and classroom activities.

Opening the Oval

This free curriculum website from the New-York Historical Society and David M. Rubenstein connects educators with classroom resources that explore presidential leadership and power.

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NEW! Our Composite Nation

In 1869, at the peak of Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass was hopeful about America. He wrote a lecture called “Composite Nation” and took it on tour to share his vision for equality with audiences all over the country.

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Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

Using works of art, political cartoons, photographs, documents, and more, explore the contested efforts toward full citizenship and racial equality for African Americans that transpired in the 50 years after the Civil War.

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The Vietnam War: 1945-1975

Examines the perspectives and experiences of those on the war front and the home front to facilitate understanding of one of the most complex chapters in American history.

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Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion

What does it means to be an American? Explore this question through the long and complex history of Chinese Americans in the United States, from the new nation through the 21st century.

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Hudson Rising

Spanning two centuries, this curriculum brings together paintings, artifacts, and life stories that illuminate how the Hudson River can serve as a case study for the development of American environmentalism.

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Explore the critical role that the metropolis played in the national war effort and how the conflict forever changed the cosmopolitan, heavily immigrant city.

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Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York

Explore more than a century of stories from the tech industry and learn how pioneering individuals made New York the epicenter of the transformation of computers from laboratory tools to consumer products.

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Women & the American Story

Our free curriculum website provides teachers, students, and curious individuals with information about the myriad and often critical roles women played in shaping United States history.

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Battle of Brooklyn

Learn more about the largest single battle of the Revolutionary War, including the pivotal events and players of 1776 New York, the buildup of troops, the battle itself, and the consequences of defeat.

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Nueva York: 1613–1945

Highlights important themes and moments in the relationship between the United States and the Spanish-speaking world.  

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Saving Washington: The New Republic and Early Reformers, 1790-1848

Examines women’s roles in the early American republic as they carved out new places for themselves in political and social spheres, in some cases conforming to and in others resisting the expectations of their patriarchal society.

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The DiMenna Children's History Museum

This curriculum, produced in 2011 with the grand opening of the DiMenna Children's History Museum, presents how history is studied and explores figures from America’s past—as children and adults.

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Lincoln and New York

Trace the evolution of a young Abraham Lincoln’s formative relationship with the nation’s largest and wealthiest city and state.

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Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn

Explore the enormous transformations in the world’s politics that took place from 1763-1815, with particular attention to three globally influential revolutions in America, France, and Haiti.

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New World – New Netherland – New York

Explore the interactions between New York’s Native American and earliest Dutch, African, and British inhabitants.

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Seneca Village

Seneca Village was Manhattan’s first significant community of African American property owners. Help students uncover the story of this 19th century village of free blacks and Irish and German immigrants.

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New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War

These materials explore New York City's economic, social, and political ties with southern slavery after slavery was formally abolished in New York State in 1827. Topics include resistance to the Fugitive Slave Law, Black abolitionists, and the Draft Riots of 1863.

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