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 Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Altman Foundation
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Sherri and Darren Cohen
Deutsche Bank
Onassis Foundation USA
Rice Family Foundation
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
GWG Foundation
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner
Henry Nias Foundation
an anonymous donor


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


Welcome to History @ Home:
Online Learning from the New-York Historical Society!


Join New-York Historical educators online as they lead live, weekly, interactive U.S. history classes. Lessons are content-based, inquiry-driven, and thematically and developmentally appropriate for each grade served. Students study images, artifacts, and historical documents, and learn to think critically about the history of our nation. 

All lessons are FREE.  All you need is internet access and a device with the ability to connect to a Zoom meeting. Click session titles below to register to receive the class link. 

All classes are at 10 am ET and run one hour


History Explorers

Oct 6 Objects Tell Stories
Oct 13 Schools Then and Now
Oct 20 Portraits Then and Now
Oct 27 Clothing Then and Now
Nov 3 Play Then and Now
Nov 10 Jobs Then and Now
Nov 17 Cooking Then and Now
Dec 1 Transportation Then and Now
Dec 8 NYC Then and Now


Junior Historians

Oct 7 Objects Tell Stories
Oct 14 Urban Archeology
Oct 21 Learning to Read Images
Oct 28 Learning History with Images
Nov 4 Learning to Read a Map
Nov 11 Learning History with Maps
Nov 18 Learning to Read a Document
Dec 2 Learning History with Documents
Dec 9 World's Fair


New York and North America

Oct 8 New York's First People
Oct 15 Life in New Amsterdam
Oct 22 Life in British New York
Oct 29 Slavery in New York
Nov 5 The American Revolution in New York
Nov 12 New York, New Nation
Nov 19 New York Divided
Dec 3 Immigration
Dec 10 Chinese Exclusion


New York and the Nation

Oct 9 New York's First People
Oct 16 New Amsterdam
Oct 23 British New York
Oct 30 The American Revolution in New York
Nov 6 New York, New Nation
Nov 13 Opening the American West
Nov 20 The Underground Railroad
Dec 4 New York and the Civil War
Dec 11 Reconstruction
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