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.



Families Then & Now (grades PreK-2)
Examine artifacts and images to learn how families lived and worked long ago and make then-and-now family portraits using watercolor pencil.

Transportation Over Time (grades K-5)
Use works of art to discover how and why transportation in New York has changed over time and create mixed-media collages of vehicles from long ago.

Mapping My New York (grades 2-5)
Learn the key features of maps that historians use to picture the past and make collaborative maps illustrating how New York has changed over time.

Native Peoples of New York (grades 3-12)
Study artifacts to learn what life was like for the Lenni-Lenape and create paper sculptures that demonstrate how their homes changed with the seasons.

Life in New Amsterdam (grades 3-12)
Examine the objects Dutch colonists used in their daily lives and paint a watercolor still life of the items they treasured.

American Revolution Imprint (grades 3-12)
Study the power of printed images and words from the American Revolution and engrave and print a Loyalist or Patriot broadside.

Westward Expansion (grades 3-12)
Learn the histories of the diverse people who lived in the American West and create a collaborative board game that reflects their experiences.

Picturing Black History (grades 2-12) NEW!
Study the accomplishments of the free Black community of New York and make collage portraits of historical Black New Yorkers.

The Immigrant Experience (grades 3-12)
Follow the journey of immigrants coming to New York in the early 1900s, and create an expressionist mixed-media postcard about the immigrant experience.

Industrial Innovations (grades 4-12)
Learn how industrial era innovations like Tiffany lamps changed New York, and create a tissue paper mosaic lampshade that celebrates an industrial invention.

Escaping Slavery in New York (grades 4-12)
Analyze runaway slave ads to discover what life was like for free and enslaved people in New York and create a collaged quilt square reflecting these experiences.

Art as Activism (grades 3-12) NEW!
Discover how New Yorkers used art to fight for change throughout history, and learn to hand-print a poster supporting a cause you believe in.

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