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New-York Historical Society Creates a New Home For Home Schoolers

New American Musicals Project Courses Tie Important American History to Beloved Musical Theater Classics

New York, NY September 6, 2011 – Beginning fall 2011, the New-York Historical Society will launch a new series of onsite courses for homeschooled students designed to enrich their study of American History through the power and emotion of musical theater.

Originally developed for public schools in conjunction with the New York City Department of Education, The American Musicals Project couples musical theater masterworks with primary sources from the New-York Historical Society’s collections to make history come alive for students. For the first time, homeschooled students can benefit from this fun and enriching program through a new series of courses based on the themes of American Independence, Slavery, Suffrage and The Great Depression. In addition to receiving in-depth, standards-based instruction, students will have hands-on opportunities to explore the Museum’s unique collections, develop their critical thinking and literacy skills and engage in inter-disciplinary projects.

Appropriate for ages 11-14, each course of the American Musicals Project for homeschooled students is scheduled as four sessions: American Independence (November 18, December 2, December 9 and December 16, 2011); Slavery (January 6, January 13, January 20 and January 27, 2012); Suffrage (March 2, March 9, March 16 and March 23, 2012) and The Great Depression (May 4, May 11, May 18 and May 25, 2012). Students may enroll in the entire series for $200, or $65 for a single unit.

The courses will complement new gallery experiences designed to engage families with history when the New-York Historical Society reopens on November 11th: the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, which introduces major themes of American history through stories and figures from New York's past through objects from New-York Historical's collection, and the DiMenna Children's History Museum, designed especially to engage young visitors as History Detectives exploring the richness and wonder of America's past.

For more information and to register, visit www.nyhistory.org/education/american-musicals-project or call (212) 485-9236.

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York; The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society; Nueva York; and its major reopening exhibition, Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world's greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.

Contact: New-York Historical Society | Laura Washington | (212) 873-3400 x263 | lwashington@nyhistory.org - New-York Historical Society | Timothy Wroten | (212) 873-3400 x326 | twroten@nyhistory.org

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Creative: Tronvig Group