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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.


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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
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
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.



Saturday Academy is a free, five-week program for students from grades 8–12 who love American history and are looking to strengthen their test-taking skills. Participants can choose from SAT prep course, an extensive review for the Advanced Placement U.S. History exam, and other hands-on history courses that draw on the New-York Historical Society’s collections.

This program is supported by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Example of Past Courses:

SAT Prep
Participants of this course have the opportunity to prepare for the SAT exam with certified SAT tutors who will help their students develop different strategies and improve test taking abilities through various practice tests and step-by-step instruction. Students will also receive free preparation materials to use at home and during the course. This program will begin on October 5th with a practice test and culminate on November 16th with another practice test.

Review for the AP United States History Exam
Participants will enhance both their knowledge of U.S. History and their ability to think contextually about important events and people as well as explore the rich collections of the New-York Historical Society’s Museum and Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Participants will explore classical, colonial, and contemporary ideas of citizenship, paying particular attention to our own American example. Students are to examine the ways in which U.S. citizenship has been expanded and the ever-changing reasons some are included and excluded from it. Through artwork, artifacts, and primary source texts, students will investigate the experiences of Black Americans after the Civil War and Asian immigrants on the Western Frontier, among many others. The course will not only focus on what makes someone a citizen – birthplace, blood, bureaucracy - but also the rights and responsibilities that citizenship grants a person.

Get Updates!

More information about future courses, applications, and important dates will be posted as we reach closer to each session. To get updates and not get left behind, please join our mailing list! Send any and all questions and inquiries about the Saturday Academy programs to saturday.academy@nyhistory.org.



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