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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.

 

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

Public funding provided by:
Institute for Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Important support provided by:
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Ford Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Altman Foundation
Deutsche Bank
The Pinkerton Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
The Keith Haring Foundation
The Bay and Paul Foundations
The Alice Lawrence Foundation
The Henry Nias Foundation
Fred and Joan Pittman
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Denver Brunsman is an Associate Professor of History at George Washington University. His work focuses on the politics and social history of the American Revolution, early American republic, and British Atlantic world. His book The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World received the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize. Where to find him: George Washington and Strong Women, Monday, July 22, 10:00-11:30 am and American Revolution Consequences Panel—Women's New Civic Role: Securing the Revolution in the Next Generation, Tuesday, July 23, 1:00–2:30 pm

 

Catherine Clinton is the Denman Endowed Professor in American History at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is the author or editor of 25 books, including The Other Civil War: American Women in the Nineteenth Century and Tara Revisited: Women, War, & the Plantation LegendWhere to find herBattle Scars: Gender and Sexuality in the American Civil War, Wednesday, July 31, 1:00-2:30 pm

 

 

Deirdre Cooper Owens is an associate professor of history at Queens College, City University of New York and the Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She is the recipient of several prestigious honors including the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her first book, the award-winning, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology explores the relationship between slavery and women’s professional medicine in early America. Where to find her: Free and Enslaved Women in the Revolution, Thursday, July 18, 10:00-11:30 am

 

 

Leigh Fought is an Associate Professor of History at Le Moyne College whose book Women in the World of Frederick Douglass won the New York History Academy’s Herbert Lehman Prize, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic’s Mary Kelley Prize, and was a finalist for the Schomburg Center’s 2018 Harriet Tubman Prize. Other publications include Southern Womanhood and Slavery: A Biography of Louisa S. McCord and Mystic, Connecticut: From Pequot Village to Tourist Town. Where to find her: Women in the World of Frederick Douglass, Thursday, July 25, 10:00-11:30 am
 

 

Judith Giesberg is Editor of the Journal of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Villanova University. Research interests are women, gender, and social history in the Civil War era. Publications include Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality and Army at Home: Women and the Civil War on the Northern Homefront. Where to find her: The Sanitary Commission, Tuesday, July 30, 1:00-2:30 pm

 
 


Leslie Hayes is the Associate Director of Professional Learning at the New-York Historical Society and has a wealth of experience writing and leading professional learning programs for teachers on topics related to women’s history. Hayes is one of the two curriculum writers for New-York Historical’s Women and the American Story curriculum guide. Where to find her: Methodology Panel – Using sources to uncover women’s voices, Monday, July 15, 1:00-2:30 pm

 

Martha Hodes is Professor of History at New York University, specializing in nineteenth-century U.S. history, with an emphasis on race, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Her most recent book, Mourning Lincoln, won the Lincoln Book Prize and the Avery O. Craven Prize for the best book on the Civil War, and was named a best book of the year by the Civil War Monitor and the Wall Street Journal. She is a 2018-19 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. Where to find her: Civil War Consequences Panel—Reconstruction and the Lost Cause: American Women and the Aftermath of the Civil War, Friday, August 2, 10:00–11:30 am

 

Tera W. Hunter is the Edwards Professor of American History and Professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of: Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century and To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War, both of which have received several awards. Where to find herEnslaved and Free Women in the Civil War, Friday, July 26, 10:00– 11:30 am

 

 

Barbara Krauthamer is Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She studies 19th century African American history, focusing on women and slavery, and African American/Native American intersections. Her book Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South explores the centrality of slavery and racial ideology in southern Native nations. Her co-authored book Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery explores the history of photography in the era of emancipation.  Where to find her: Free and Enslaved Women in the Revolution, Thursday, July 18, 10:00-11:30 am

 

Sarah Lohman is the author of the book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. In addition to her writing, Lohman works with institutions around the country to create public programs focused on the history of American Cuisine. Where to find her: Civil War Cooking Class (optional evening field trip), Wednesday, August 2, 3:15–4:45 pm

 

 

 

Holly Mayer is an associate professor of history at Duquesne University. She is the author of several books and articles on late 18th century America with a particular focus on the American Revolution, civil-military relations, and the evolution of American character and culture. Where to find herWar Experiences: Women Combatants, Camp Followers, and Defenders of the Home Front, Friday, July 19, 10:00–11:30 am

 

 

Stephanie McCurry is the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History in Honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower at Columbia University. She is the author of many books and scholarly articles on the subjects of the US in the 19th century, the American South, the American Civil War, and the history of women and gender. Where to find herConfederate Women: The 1863 Bread Riot, Tuesday, July 30, 10:00–11:30 am and Civil War Consequences Panel—Reconstruction and the Lost Cause: American Women and the Aftermath of the Civil War, August 2, 10:00-11:30 am

Lucia McMahon is a professor and chair of History at William Paterson University.  Her book Mere Equals: The Paradox of Educated Women in the Early American Republic explores the social and intellectual lives of educated women in the early American republic. Where to find her: American Revolution Consequences Panel—Women's New Civic Role: Securing the Revolution in the Next Generation, Tuesday, July 23, 1:00–2:30 pm and Women’s Education in the New Nation, Wednesday, July 24, 1:00-2:30 pm

 

Jessica Millward is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at UC Irvine.  Her research focuses on slavery in early America, African American history as well as women and gender.  Dr. Millward's first book, Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black women in Maryland was published as part of the Race in the Atlantic World series, Athens: University of Georgia Press (2015).   An award winning scholar, she has published in the Journal of African American History, the Journal of Women’s History, FrontiersSouls and the Women’s History Review as well as Op-eds in Chronicle of Higher Education, The Feministwire.com and The Conversation.com. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Dr. Millward is a Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia.  Millward is also one of this year’s recipients of the UC President’s Research fellowship.  Millward’s present research focuses on African American women’s initiatives against intimate partner violence in the wake of the US Civil War. Where to find her: Embodied Legibility: Archives and the Value of Freedom for 19th century African American Women in the US South, Monday, July 29, 10:00-11:30 am

 

Alyssa Mt. Pleasant is an Assistant Professor of Transnational Studies at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) where she specializes in Native American and Indigenous Studies, focusing on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history during the 18th and 19th centuries. She has published many articles, including “Independence for Whom? Expansion and Conflict in the Northeast and Northwest,” and is working on a book about Haudenosaunee people after the Revolutionary War. Where to find her: Native American Women, Friday, July 19, 1:00-2:30 pm

 

 

Mary Beth Norton is the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History at Cornell University. She has written and edited countless books and articles, including Founding Mothers and Fathers, which was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Norton has served in leading roles for the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians and the American Historical Association. Where to find her: The Impact of Revolution on Gender Ideology, Tuesday, July 23, 10:00-11:30 am and American Revolution Consequences Panel—Women's New Civic Role: Securing the Revolution in the Next Generation, Tuesday, July 23, 1:00–2:30 pm
 

 

Nina Silber is a professor of history at Boston University. She is the author of several books, including Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War; Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War; and This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America.  She is currently serving a two-year term as the President of the Society of Civil War Historians.  Where to find herAmerican Women and the Memory of the Civil War, Thursday, August 1, 10:00–11:30 am and Civil War Consequences Panel—Reconstruction and the Lost Cause: American Women and the Aftermath of the Civil War, August 2, 10:00-11:30 am

Valerie Paley is the Vice President, Chief Historian, and Director of the Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society where she curates permanent and temporary exhibitions, supervises pre- and postdoctoral fellows, and edits publications. She holds an MA in American Studies and a PhD in History from Columbia University. Where to find her: Methodology Panel – Using sources to uncover women’s voices, Monday, July 15, 1:00-2:30 pm

 

Laura Ping is an adjunct assistant professor in the history department at Queens College and received her doctorate from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her dissertation explores the differing adaptations of women’s trousers in Nineteenth-Century America and their social reception based on political and apolitical meanings. Where to find her: Walking Tour of Civil War New York, Wednesday, July 31st, 9:30-11:30am

 

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