Education Mission

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.


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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 Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Altman Foundation
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Sherri and Darren Cohen
Deutsche Bank
Onassis Foundation USA
Rice Family Foundation
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Sara Lee Schupf
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Lori and Mark Fife
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
GWG Foundation
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner
Henry Nias Foundation
an anonymous donor


Help us present groundbreaking exhibitions and develop educational programs about our nation's history for more than 200,000 schoolchildren annually.



We currently offer FREE weekly professional development for teachers online. Interactive workshops take place on Wednesdays at 5 pm ET. "In Conversation," an informal discussion series, meets every Thursday at 6 pm ET. We hope to see you soon! 


Student and Youth-Led Activism 
Wednesday, July 14, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hours
In the past year, students have witnessed and participated in the growth of social justice activism across the country. Through an exploration of New-York Historical’s Women & the American Story curriculum materials, and the Chicago History Museum’s Facing Freedom in America online exhibition and resources, discuss ways to empower students to take informed action by studying activists of the past.
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In Conversation: Teaching Current Events with an Eye on the Past
Thursday, July 15, 6-7 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
How can teachers keep up with the myriad of challenging news stories confronting them—and their students—every day? Join us as we talk with Laura Tavares, Program Director for Organizational Learning and Thought Leadership at Facing History and Ourselves, about her work connecting history, civics, and present-day issues and Facing History’s ever-growing collection of current event resources.
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Abolition as a Black-Led Movement 
Wednesday, July 21, 5-6:30pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hours
How do we ground discussions of abolition in their historical context to better understand what liberation means today? Using New-York Historical's Women & the American Story curriculum and resources from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s archives and exhibition Subversion & The Art of Slavery Abolition, consider how to center the experiences of Black Americans in your conversations about abolition, then and now.
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In Conversation: The State of Public History
Thursday, July 22, 6-7 pm ET

What is public history and how does it shape our collective understanding of the past? Join us as we talk with Dr. Valerie Paley, the Sue Ann Weinberg Director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society, about the meaning of public history, how libraries and museums contribute to the field, and the implications of this on our work as educators. Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
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Education, Wellness, and Nature: STEM and Arts Integration 
Wednesday, July 28, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hours
In difficult times, how can teachers give themselves and their students the space to slow down, process, and reflect? Through an exploration of resources and art activities from New-York Historical's Women & the American Story curriculum, and the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Garden’s online resources for teaching and learning, discover ways to access historical content and wellness strategies through STEM and arts integration. This session includes a hands-on art making component! Anyone is welcome to attend, but if you’d like to do the art activity please have paper, pencils, and anything to add color (colored pencils, crayons, markers, or paint) ready for the session. We'll be doing our own botanical drawings, so please also have a plant or foraged flora & fauna to reference during the activity.
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Women & the American Story: From the Collections to the Classroom  
Wednesday, August 4, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hour
Dive into New-York Historical's Women & the American Story (WAMS) digital curriculum and  get a sneak peak at the two units launching this fall: Building a New Nation (1783-1828) and Industry and Empire (1866-1898). Hear from several members of the WAMS team as they reflect on our process, from research and development to final launch, and explore ways to bring more women’s voices into your classroom in the new school year.
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P-Credit Course
From Posters to Podcasts: Social Activism from the 20th Century to Today
Monday, August 9 – Saturday, August 14, 9 am – 5 pm ET daily

Through historical content, art-making, and new STEAM-based skills, this interdisciplinary course will introduce participants to different types of social activism throughout the 20th century, and enable them to engage their students in activism today by considering the different platforms that can give young people a voice on modern issues. Participants will receive 45 CTLE hours and this course is eligible for 3 P-Credits through ASPDP; $240 plus an additional ASPDP fee for those completing the course for P-Credit

This course is presented in partnership with Materials for the Arts; Learn more and register here >
Teaching 9/11: History, Memory, and Legacy
Tuesday, August 31, 4-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours
In this special event for teachers co-hosted by New-York Historical and Facing History and Ourselves, participants learn how to combine New-York Historical’s collections and Facing History’s resources on trauma and resiliency to create reflective and responsive lessons around the 20th anniversary of 9/11. This event will also include a moderated conversation with Dr. Kenneth Jackson, who founded New-York Historical’s History Responds initiative in the immediate wake of the attacks, and space for teachers to reflect on the personal challenges they may face in talking about this event.
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