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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.


Voices of History: Ages 14-17

Voices of History is an in-depth course for teen learners (ages 14-17) to consider American history through the lens of specific marginalized communities. Each series includes 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 teen for each series individually, 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.


  • $250 per individual series (5 lessons + bonus experience)
  • $875 for all five series (25 lessons + 5 bonus experiences)


The Long Road to Equality: Discover how Black Americans fought to expand their rights in a nation founded on their oppression.
Dates: Fridays- 09/20/19, 09/27/19, 10/04/19, 10/11/19, 10/18/19, 10/25/19
Time: 10am-12pm

  • The Underground Railroad
  • Reconstruction
  • Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
  • Civil Rights
  • Selma March

Bonus: NYC’s Free Black Community Library Visit: Investigate primary sources in our library to learn more about the lives of free Black New Yorkers in the 19th and 20th centuries.


New York at War: Study the causes and consequences of the nation’s greatest conflicts and how they shaped American History.
Dates: Fridays- 11/01/19, 11/08/19, 11/15/19, 11/22/19, 12/06/19, 12/13/19
Time: 10am-12pm

  • The American Revolution
  • The Civil War
  • WWI
  • WWII
  • The Vietnam War

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. 


Women & the American Story: Early Encounters: Compare and contrast the experiences of settlers, Black colonials, and Native women in the French, Spanish, English, and Dutch colonies in the Americas.
Dates: Fridays- 01/17/20, 01/24/20, 01/31/20, 02/07/20, 02/14/20, 02/21/20
Time: 10am-12pm

  • Native Responses to Colonization
  • French Colonies
  • Spanish Colonies
  • English Colonies
  • Dutch Colonies

Bonus: Artist in Exile: The Visual Diary of Baroness Hyde De Neuville Special Exhibition Program: Consider the diverse landscapes and people of early America through the lens of the Baroness Hyde de Neuville, a French refugee and prolific artist.


Women & the American Story: Modernizing America: Discover how women of all races, ages, and classes were central to reshaping American society at the turn of the 20th century.
Dates: Fridays- 02/28/20, 03/06/20, 03/13/20, 03/20/20, 03/27/20, 04/03/20
Time: 10am-12pm

  • Modern Womanhood
  • Fighting for Social Reform
  • Woman Suffrage
  • Xenophobia and Racism
  • Women in the Arts

Bonus: Introduction to LGBTQIA+ History: Read the life stories of LGBTQIA+ people from all eras of American history to learn what their experiences teach us about the evolution of American society.


Digital Humanities: In this introduction to the exciting new field of digital humanities, students will use cutting edge technology to study the past and look into the future!
Dates: Fridays- 05/01/20, 05/08/20, 05/15/20, 05/22/20, 05/29/20, 06/12/20
Time: 10am-12pm

  • Research in the Digital Age
  • HTML Fundamentals
  • Measuring the Impact of Immigration
  • Electricity and Circuits
  • Robotics
  • Digital Drawing Studio Workshop: visit the Tech Commons @ New-York Historical to try your hand at drafting techniques employed by contemporary artists, and create a work of art inspired by the museum’s collection.
Creative: Tronvig Group