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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.



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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