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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.


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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 the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
The Achelis and Bodman Foundation
The Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund
Acorn Hill Foundation
Altman Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
Best Buy
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Con Edison
Deutsche Bank
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Mark and Lori Fife
Henry Nias Foundation
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Keith Haring Foundation
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Caroline Lowndes Foundation
Ann Lozman
Dan W. Lufkin
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Sandra and Lowell Mintz
Consulate General of the Netherlands
New York Community Trust
Onassis Foundation USA
Heidi and Richard Ong
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
The Pinkerton Foundation
Jean Reid
Denice Rein
Richard Reiss
Rice Family Foundation
Sara Lee Schupf
The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts
Robie Spector
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Thompson Family Foundation
Tiger Baron Foundation
The Waterfall Family Foundation
Rachael Wells 
Winston Foundation
Marie and John Zimmermann Fund


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


Junior Historians: Ages 11-13

Junior Historians is multi-modal course for intermediate learners (ages 11-13) that teaches students how to close read and analyze a variety of New-York Historical Society’s collection of library sources. From Broadway musicals to periodicals, students will become savvy consumers of American media, capable of critiquing and challenging the narratives of the world around them. Each series consists of five classroom lessons plus a sixth bonus experience where students explore the museums galleries, visit the research library, or create a work of art! You can register your child for a single series or receive a discount for booking the full year.

Tuition must be paid in full to reserve a spot in the class. To receive the discount for booking the full year, complete payment must be submitted before the academic year begins on September 20.


  • $200 per individual series (5 lessons + bonus experience)
  • $800 for all five series (25 lessons + 5 bonus experiences)


History on Broadway: 1776! Take a deep dive into the political debates that raged during the writing of the Declaration of Independence by conducting an analysis of this Broadway classic.
Dates: Fridays- 09/20/19, 09/27/19, 10/04/19, 10/11/19, 10/18/19, 10/25/19
Time: 1:30pm-3pm

  • “Sit Down, John”: Setting the Stage for the American Revolution
  • Mercantile City: The Power of Trade
  • “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men”: The Debate over Liberty
  • “Molasses to Rum to Slaves”: Slavery and the Declaration of Independence
  • Revolutionary Debates

Bonus: Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere Special Exhibition Program: Discover the legacy of Paul Revere, the patriot, silversmith, and entrepreneur whose many accomplishments are often eclipsed by his legendary midnight ride. 


Academy for American Democracy: Learn about the ancient Greek roots of the American democratic system, and how American democracy has evolved over time.
Dates: Fridays- 11/01/19, 11/08/19, 11/15/19, 11/22/19, 12/06/19, 12/13/19
Time: 1:30pm-3pm

  • What is a democracy?
  • Direct Democracy
  • Representative Democracy
  • Activism in Ancient Greece
  • Activism in America

Bonus: Democracy Web Design Workshop: In this workshop hosted at our new Tech Commons @ New-York Historical, students learn the basics of HTML coding and then apply these skills to create their own webpage about American democracy.


History on Broadway: Oklahoma!  Compare the idealized American West of Oklahoma! to the realities of the conflict over land, and consider the consequences for ranchers, farmers, and Native Americans.
Dates: Fridays- 01/17/20, 01/24/20, 01/31/20, 02/07/20, 02/14/20, 02/21/20
Time: 1:30pm-3pm

  • “The Farmer and the Cowman”: Expanding West
  • “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’!”: Eastern perceptions of the Western Territory
  • Oklahoma Land Grab Exploration and Game
  • “Oklahoma!”: Indigenous History and Westward Expansion
  • Causes and Consequences of the Indian Removal Act

Bonus: Westward Expansion Studio Workshop: Explore quilt-making as an art form popular in the American West and use paper to collage your own quilt square about the history of the American west.


Modernizing America: Discover the monumental events and movements that reshaped the United States in the 20th century.
Dates: Fridays- 02/28/20, 03/06/20, 03/13/20, 03/20/20, 03/27/20, 04/03/20\
Time: 1:30pm-3pm

  • Industrialization
  • Immigration
  • WWI
  • WWII
  • Civil Rights

Bonus: Measuring the Impacts of Immigration QGIS Workshop: After examining artifacts and paintings to learn how immigration changed the city of New York, students will use QGIS programming to create an infographic about New York City’s population growth.


History on Broadway: West Side Story: Explore the motivations and experiences of Puerto Rican migrants to New York, and then investigate the impact of urban development on young people and their neighborhoods.
Dates: Fridays- 05/01/20, 05/08/20, 05/15/20, 05/22/20, 05/29/20, 06/05/20
Time: 1:30pm-3pm

  • “Prologue”: New York City after WWII
  • “Jet Song”: Immigration and Nativism
  • “America”: Puerto Rican Migration and American Imperialism
  • Urban Renewal
  • Letters to the Editor and Identity Pride in Spoken Word Poetry

Bonus: 1950s New York: Library Visit: Investigate primary sources from the museum’s vast library collections to learn more about life in New York City after WWII and how it informed the musical West Side Story



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