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


Support the New-York Historical Society

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



Our new Tech Commons will offer teens an innovative, state-of-the-art, modern scholarship space to conduct research, create multimedia, work on group projects, or simply hang out. The Tech Commons features a media lab designed to fuel creativity, a casual working area and reading nook, and ample open space with tables and chairs to accommodate both small study groups and full classes. 

Features and equipment:

  • High processing computers with professional design software
  • 3D scanners and printers to explore and manipulate collection pieces
  • Interactive media wall with three oversized screens for presentations and distance learning
  • Recording booth for creating audio and video projects

Opening in 2018, the Tech Commons will host an array of drop-in hours, skills-based workshops, and special programs for young adults, ages 13–19. Visit this page for a complete list of upcoming programs.

Creative: Tronvig Group