Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.

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:Barker Welfare Foundation  
BNY Mellon   
Con Edison  
Deutsche Bank   
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Ford Foundation   
The Keith Haring Foundation   
Hearst Foundation, Inc.
The JPB Foundation    
Susan and Robert E. Klein   
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation   
New York Community Trust   
Henry Nias Foundation  
The Pinkerton Foundation   
Fred and Joan Pittman  
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner  
Stavros Niarchos Foundation   
Gillian V. and Robert Steel  
Susan Waterfall
Tiger Baron Foundation
and an anonymous donor.  


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Enhance your historical studies with the visual arts! The Art of History is a multi-modal exploration of American history specifically crafted to engage young learners turned-off by traditional teaching methodologies. In each five-lesson series, students learn history, art history, and art making, and then create a work of art that showcases their mastery of new content and skills.

Residencies are taught by an experienced art educator and include art supplies and a teacher resource packet with vocabulary lists and suggested pre- and post-visit activities.

Every Art of History series is five lessons long. Each program is written to last one class period, up to an hour. For New York City schools, a minimum of two programs per day is required to book; for schools outside the five boroughs the minimum is three programs per day. Series cost $600/class for NYC schools or $750/class for schools outside the five boroughs. A $120 planning session fee is added for each series, and an educator will come to your school to set dates and review content with participating teachers.

Learn more

Complete our booking form to start the scheduling process. A member of our Education Team will contact you to confirm program details, dates, and times.

Questions? Contact or 212-485-9293.


Planning Session
A New-York Historical Art Educator visits your school to meet with the participating teachers to introduce the program, review objectives, present suggested pre- and post-activities, and discuss art-making logistics.

Session 1
Students examine primary sources—including artifacts, documents, and images—in small groups to learn about a particular topic in New York and American history.

Session 2
Students analyze works of art from the period to discover how they reflect historical themes from Session 1. They discuss techniques and artistic principles and participate in a hands-on exploration of a particular art medium to become familiar with its properties.

Sessions 3 & 4
Students make art projects employing what they learned about history and art techniques in previous sessions.

Session 5
Students reflect upon what they learned about the topic in history and how their finished projects demonstrate those understandings through reflective writing and class discussion.

Explore the residency topics available for your students.

Complete our booking form to start the scheduling process.

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