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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Westward Expansion: Oklahoma! (grades 6-12)
Compare the idealized American West depicted in the songs “The Farmer and the Cowman,” “Oklahoma!”, and “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” to the reality of the intense struggle between ranchers, farmers, and Native communities. 

The Progressive Era: Fiorello! (grades 6-12)
Examine the failures and triumphs of Progressive Era New York City through the songs “On the Side of Angels,” “Management’s Unfair”, “Little Tin Box,” and “The Names LaGuardia,” and then consider how political messages are spread to the voting population.

The Great Depression: Annie (grades 6-12)
Analyze the songs “We’d Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover” and “Tomorrow” to discover how the economic trends of the 1920s contributed to the Great Depression, and consider the ways radio plays were critical to maintaining American morale.

World War II: On the Town and This Is the Army (grades 6-12)
Explore the experience of WWII Navy men using the song “New York, New York” and then consider how African Americans responded to discrimination in the military and on the home front with “That’s What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear”

Puerto Rican Migration: West Side Story (grades 6-12)
Explore the perspective of Puerto Rican migrants to New York using the songs “Prologue” and “America,” and then investigate the impact of urban renewal on young people and their neighborhoods.

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