Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.
“I loved being able to touch and see actual items and paintings from the past. It’s like time travel, which helps me understand US history so much better than reading all about it.”
-Anthea, originally from Suriname
The New-York Historical Society offers FREE civics classes for green card holders on the path to American citizenship. The 24-hour course prepares permanent residents for the civics test portion of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization interview.
The interactive course covers all 100 questions from the USCIS Civics Test. Participants will explore the Museum and learn about American history and government using objects, paintings, and documents from our collection. Classes are taught in English and are accessible to English Language Learners.
The Citizenship Project is made possible by generous grants from the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The New York Community Trust, and in partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now!
"When I shared with my friends about the sessions, they asked me why not just memorize the 100 items for the citizenship exams?
My reply was: I'm a visual person and I usually internalize an info or issue with actual viewing and hearing, and that it is my intention to understand better the history of the United States."
-Elsie, originally from the Philippines
Current Courses This Fall
September 16 — October 23
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 — 8pm
October 6 — October 27
Sundays, 10am — 4pm
November 3 — December 8
Sundays, 10am — 2pm
November 7 — December 19
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 — 8pm
Complete the form below to pre-register for a course. Our staff will contact you with more information.
Please note that at this time we offer this program only for permanent residents who are eligible for citizenship.