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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.

 

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
Anonymous

 

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Join us for any of the interactive professional learning programs listed below to expand your content knowledge and enrich your use of primary sources in the classroom!

The New-York Historical Society is an NYSED-approved CTLE sponsor, and participation in workshops is applicable towards maintaining professional certification from the New York City Department of Education.

All “Pizza & PD” and “Think & Drink with a Historian” sessions are FREE to teachers whose students participate in our Social Studies Enrichment, Art of History, or History on Broadway programs.

For questions & registration, contact professional.learning@nyhistory.org or
212-873-3400 ext. 510.

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November

Pizza & PD
The Progressive Era
Thursday, November 1, 4:30-6:30 pm

Learn how issues around labor, immigration, and citizenship reached a boiling point in the early 20th century. This workshop will highlight materials from our Armory Show at 100 and Women and the American Story curriculum guides. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Election Day
From Jim Crow to Black Power: Vitalizing Black History in the Classroom SOLD OUT
Tuesday, November 6, 8:30 am-3 pm

Join us at The Schomburg Center for a daylong exploration of the black experience from Reconstruction through the Black Power movement. Educators from the Schomburg and N-YHS will co-lead tours of the exhibitions Black Power! and Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire, as well as present classroom sessions featuring the new Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow curriculum. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. NOTE: This workshop will take place at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037. $35 per person ($30 for members)
Election Day
Women in the Colonial World - SOLD OUT
Tuesday, November 6, 8:30 am-3 pm

Engage with Early Encounters, the colonial era unit of Women and the American Story! Traditionally, the colonial era (1492-1700) is almost entirely presented from the perspective of men. But women operated at every level of society and government, and their actions significantly altered world history. Hear a keynote by NYU Professor  and author of New Netherland Connections Susanah Romney, participate in hands-on curriculum activities, and learn about interactions between European, Native, and African women in the Dutch, English, Spanish, and French colonies. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. NOTE: This workshop will take place at Teachers College and Columbia University. $35 per person ($30 for members)
Election Day
Activist Women of the Progressive Era - SOLD OUT
Tuesday, November 6, 8:30 am-3 pm

Dive into Modernizing America, the Progressive era (1889-1920) unit of Women and the American Story! Women of diverse racial, economic, and social backgrounds felt the dramatic changes of modern America deeply. Social reformers debated suffrage. Young immigrants juggled long work hours with political activism. Black migrants escaped the Jim Crow South, but faced new challenges in the urban North. Middle class housewives defended their role as the nation’s caretakers. Engage with “new” primary sources, hear a keynote by Rutgers Professor and author of Too Heavy A Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994 Deborah Gray White, and discover how women fought tirelessly to redefine their roles in the home, the workplace, and the voting booth. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. NOTE: This workshop will take place at Teachers College and Columbia University.​ $35 per person ($30 for members)
Hogwarts Curriculum
Astronomy with the New York Hall of Science
Saturday, November 10, 9 am-12:30 pm

Spend your Saturday immersing yourself in the history behind the magic! Begin the day with a guided interactive tour of Harry Potter: A History of Magic and then experience the study of astronomy as educators from the New York Hall of Science lead you on an exploration of the night sky using their immersive portable Starlab! Participants will receive 3.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Harry Potter: A History of Magic - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, November 14, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

In this guided interactive tour of the highly anticipated exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, discover mysterious manuscripts, ancient cauldrons, and spells from all over the world to learn how people from long ago used magic to make sense of the world around them. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) 
Think & Drink
Women in the Black Panther Party with Mary Phillips and Robyn Spencer
Thursday, November 15, 4:30-6:30 pm

Join Mary Phillips, CUNY Professor of African and African American Studies, and Robyn Spencer, CUNY Professor of History, as they discuss the multifaceted experiences of women in the Black Panther Party and the framing of Black feminist methodology then and now. Wine and cheese will be served. This workshop is not eligible for CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Teaching the Second Amendment
Wednesday, November 28, 4:30-6:30 pm

How can we prepare our students to take part in the ongoing debate surrounding gun control legislation? Using our collections, explore strategies for teaching students the history of the Second Amendment and how ideas about this right have changed over time. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


December

Pizza & PD
The American Revolution in New York
Wednesday, December 5, 4:30-6:30 pm

Explore the Revolution through the perspective of the New Yorkers who lived through it. Tour our galleries and view original objects, images, and documents to piece together the stories of men and women with differing views of loyalty and patriotism. This workshop will highlight materials from our Battle of Brooklyn curriculum. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Special Workshop
Exploring Democracy and Race in the Age of Jim Crow with Facing History and Ourselves
Thursday, December 6, 8:30 am-3 pm

This workshop is inspired by the exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, and is co-taught by educators from N-YHS and Facing History and Ourselves. Tour the galleries and consider how primary sources can be used to raise fundamental questions about inclusion and exclusion in our nation’s history and the implications for our choices today. Lunch will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here
Hogwarts Curriculum Workshop 
Care of Magical Creatures and Herbology SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 8, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Spend your Saturday delving into not one, but TWO subjects from the Hogwarts curriculum! Tour the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, then participate in two arts-based workshops inspired by the magical creatures and herbology illustrations on view in the galleries. This interdisciplinary day will include hands-on art making activities designed to bring the history of magic into your science or social studies classrooms. Pizza lunch will be served. Participants will receive 6 CTLE hours. $30 per person ($25 for members)
Pizza & PD
Immigrant City
Tuesday, December 11, 4:30-6:30 pm

Since 1609, waves of immigrants have arrived in New York Harbor. Using the museum’s collections, discover how different cultures from around the globe shaped the city that we know today. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours.$15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Harry Potter: A History of Magic SOLD OUT
Thursday, December 13, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
In this guided interactive tour of the highly anticipated exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, discover mysterious manuscripts, ancient cauldrons, and spells from all over the world to learn how people from long ago used magic to make sense of the world around them. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members)
Special Workshop
George Washington and the American Revolution with Mount Vernon
Friday, December 14, 8:30 am-3 pm

How can we use the personal experiences of George Washington to enrich the teaching and learning of the American Revolution in our classrooms? Engage with primary source documents and curriculum materials, hear from scholars and educators from Mount Vernon's George Washington Teacher Institute, tour the N-YHS galleries, and take a special trip to our Patricia D. Klingenstein Library to view selected archival items from our world-renowned collections. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Saturday Workshop
Shaping the Past: Women and Historical Sculpture
Saturday, December 15, 10 am-2 pm
Join us for a special Saturday workshop featuring our vast sculpture collections, as well as out new exhibition Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean. Gain insight into the women that create contemporary artwork and consider how you can use sculpture to help students study the past. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


January

Pizza & PD
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Wednesday, January 9, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

In this guided interactive tour of the highly anticipated exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, discover mysterious manuscripts, ancient cauldrons, and spells from all over the world to learn how people from long ago used magic to make sense of the world around them. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Think & Drink
Confederate Monuments with Nina Silber
Wednesday, January 16, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Join Nina Silber, Professor of History at Boston University, as she discusses the history behind Confederate monuments. Learn about her new book, This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America, which explores how the Civil War was remembered during the 1930s and 40s. Wine and cheese will be served. This workshop is not eligible for CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Hogwarts Curriculum Workshop
Herbology with Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Saturday, January 19, 9 am-12:30 pm

Spend your Saturday immersing yourself in the history behind the magic! Begin the day with a guided interactive tour of Harry Potter: A History of Magic and then experience the study of herbology with garden staff and educators from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as you enhance your understanding of ecology, plant science, and the world around you! Participants will receive 3.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Thursday, January 24, 4:30-6:30 pm

In the 50 years following the Civil War, efforts to create an interracial democracy were met with a backlash that ushered in the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow. Using our new exhibition and curriculum guide Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, learn how African Americans advocated for their rights in the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
High School Chancellor’s Day
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Monday, January 28, 8:30 am-3 pm

When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. But efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. Tour our exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow and engage in hands-on classroom activities to discover how black Americans advocated for full citizenship in the face of mounting backlash. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here
High School Chancellor’s Day
Women in the Colonial World
Monday, January 28, 8:30 am-3 pm

Spend the day exploring the colonial era unit of Women and the American Story! Hear from leading scholars in the field, participate in hands-on curriculum activities, and learn about the interactions between European, Native, and African women in the English, Spanish, French and Dutch Colonies. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours.$35 per person Register Here
High School Chancellor’s Day
Activist Women of the Progressive Era
Monday, January 28, 8:30 am-3 pm

Spend the day exploring Modernizing America, the Progressive Era unit of Women and the American Story! Engage with “new” primary sources, hear from experts in the field, and discover how women fought tirelessly to redefine their roles in the home, the workplace, and the voting booth. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person Register Here


February

Think & Drink
The Arc of Abolition with Sarah Gronningsater
Tuesday, February 12, 4:30-6:30 pm

Join Sarah Gronningsater, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, as she explores the transition from slavery to freedom in New York from the first widespread Quaker emancipations in the 1750s to the passage of the Reconstruction Amendments at the close of the Civil War. Wine and cheese will be served. This workshop is not eligible for CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
P-Credit Course
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20, 9 am-4 pm daily

This two-day, one-credit course explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. Tour our new exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow and participate in hand-on classroom activities that will prepare you to effectively incorporate this content into your lessons. Participants will receive 12 CTLE hours. $65 per person (Note: There is an additional ASPDP fee for those seeking credit.) Register Here
P-Credit Course
Educator Activists: New York City Teachers and the Fight for Civil Rights
Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22, 9 am-4 pm daily

This two-day, one-credit course will explore the history of New York City teachers who used their roles within the community to advocate for equality. Study the history of civil rights in a new light through gallery-based experiences, scholar lectures, and interactive primary source activities and consider how to connect your students to the stories of New York City students and teachers of the past. Participants will receive 12 CTLE hours. $65 per person (Note: There is an additional ASPDP fee for those seeking credit.) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Manifest Destiny & Westward Expansion
Wednesday, February 27, 4:30-6:30 pm

How did the belief that the United States was destined to spread democracy drive territorial expansion in the 1800s? Using maps and other primary sources, explore the impact of Manifest Destiny and the rapid growth of the country. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


March

Spring Educator Open House
Hudson Rising and the Tech Commons @ New-York Historical
Thursday, March 7, 4:30-6:30 pm

Celebrate a new wave of STEM-integration education at N-YHS! View our new exhibition Hudson Rising, an interdisciplinary study of our state’s primary waterway, and see a demo of the companion curriculum. Then visit the Tech Commons @ New-York Historical and meet the staff leading our new suite of digital humanities programs. Chat with colleagues over wine and cheese and take home a Hudson River poster for your classroom! Wine and cheese will be served. This event is not eligible for CTLE hours. Free with RSVP Register Here
Saturday Workshop
American Women at Work
Saturday, March 9, 10 am-2 pm

Throughout American history women have worked in homes, in factories, in fields, and beyond. Using materials from our Women and the American Story curriculum, explore how paid and unpaid labor has been a crucial part of the American experience for women across age, race, and status. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Teaching Slavery Through Art: The Work of Betye Saar
Wednesday, March 13, 4:30-6:30 pm

Tour our exhibition Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean, and use Saar’s unique sculptures to discuss the contemporary artist’s exploration of the unresolved legacy of slave labor and racial oppression in America. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Hudson Rising: Environmental History of New York
Thursday, March 21, 4:30-6:30 pm

Tour our exhibition Hudson Rising to learn how the political, economic, cultural, and ecological debates over the use of the Hudson River have shaped the history of New York City’s most important waterway since the 19th century. Through social and environmental history, discover the challenges facing the Hudson River today and in years to come. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Creative: Tronvig Group