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
IBM
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

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In our commitment to support history education, we are currently offering FREE professional development for teachers online. One-hour interactive PD workshops take place every Wednesday at 5 pm ET. Think & Drink, an informal conversation between teachers and a guest scholar, happens every Thursday at 6 pm ET. We hope to see you online soon!


October

Campaigning for the Presidency
Wednesday, October 14, 5-6 pm ET
Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
How is visual and digital messaging used in presidential campaigns, and how does this messaging influence voters? Gear up for Election Day using materials from the exhibition I Approve this Message to explore the rise of TV campaign ads and discuss ways to help your students think critically about what makes these political strategies effective. FREE!
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Think & Drink: Indigenous Experiences of Colonization 
Thursday, October 15, 6-7 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
As we honor Indigeous Peoples Day, join us for a discussion with Facing History and Ourselves and Dr. Karine Duhamel to explore decolonising frames of reference for Indigenous histories on land, identity, and governance. We will discuss why Indigenous communities have long argued for new approaches to historical borderlands studies and for attention to the contemporary challenges related to the separation of peoples by imposed colonial boundaries. Dr. Duhamel is Anishinaabe-Métis and was Director of Research for the Canadian National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, drafting the final report as well as managing the Forensic Document Review Project and the Legacy Archive. She is now an independent historian based in Canada and a curator and consultant working with communities, government institutions, and Indigenous organizations to communicate histories of colonization, dispossession, and Indigenous resilience.
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We the People: America’s Evolving Democracy
Wednesday, October 21, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
How can we help our students better understand the principles of democracy? In collaboration with New-York Historical Society’s Academy for American Democracy, learn how the founding of the United States was inspired by ancient Athenian ideals, and how democracy has been reshaped by diverse groups in the United States in the centuries since. FREE!
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Think & Drink: (De)Segregation in New York City Schools with Dominique Jean-Louis and Nick Juravich
Thursday, October 22, 6-7 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Why are New York City Schools segregated, and how can this history inform our understanding of present educational inequities? Join Dominique Jean-Louis, project historian at the New-York Historical Society, and Nick Juravich, assistant professor of history and labor studies at UMass Boston, for a vibrant discussion of this important history, from racist post-war policies to the efforts of “nice white parents.”
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Exploring America’s Colonial History
Wednesday, October 28, 5–6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hours
Join us for the launch of a new initiative focused on deepening teacher and student understanding of our nation’s colonial past. Explore primary sources and scholarly texts that highlight the experiences of a diverse range of people and consider the ways in which colonization set the groundwork for the creation of a new nation. 
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Think & Drink: Women Running for Elected Office with Anna Danziger Halperin
Thursday, October 29, 6–7 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
As a Vice Presidential candidate, Kamala Harris is part of a long history of women who have pursued our nation’s highest offices. We will chat about the particular challenges American women have faced in their runs for high-ranking office with Anna Danziger Halperin, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in women's history and public history at the New-York Historical Society.
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November

Think & Drink: Collecting Presidential History
Thursday, November 5, 6-7 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Presidential elections always make history. But how have the pomp and circumstance of campaigns, elections, and inaugurations changed since George Washington took office? We’ll discuss how New-York Historical collects and preserves the objects that tell these stories, including in our present moment, with Margi Hofer, vice president and Museum Director. 
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Women & the American Story: Black Women Abolitionists
Wednesday, November 11, 5-6:30pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hours
Free Black and enslaved women played a critical role in advocating for the end of slavery in the United States. Learn about Phillis Wheatley, Elizabeth Freeman, Sojourner Truth, and the countless other Black women who garnered support for the abolitionist movement through poetry, speeches, legal efforts, and more. FREE!
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Immigration and the Progressive Era 
Wednesday, November 18, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
While the Progressive Era brought meaningful reform, a rise in nativism also led to discriminatory policies against immigrants. Using our Women & the American Story and Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion curricula, discover the experiences of immigrants who fought back against xenophobia, created new communities, and expanded opportunities. FREE!
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Think & Drink: The Collapse of Democracy—Lessons from the Nazi Era
Thursday, November 19, 6-7 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
On November 9, 1938, the Nazis and their accomplices terrorized the Jewish community of Germany in a night of violence called Kristallnacht or "The Night of Broken Glass".  Kristallnacht is often remembered as a warning to the world, a prelude to the Nazis' genocidal war. But Kristallnacht can also be seen not just as a beginning but as an end, as the pillars of Germany's once liberal democracy succumbed fully to Nazism. Join Facing History and Ourselves and New-York Historical for a discussion with Dr. Benjamin Carter Hett, professor of history at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, as we explore the fragility of democracy, the relationship between identity and authoritarian politics, and what lessons from Germany in the 1920s and 30s that we can apply to our own time.
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December

Art as Activism
Wednesday, December 2, 5-6pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Whether raising awareness or expressing diverse perspectives, art has been used as a powerful agent for change throughout U.S. history. Using materials and arts integration activities from our Women & the American Story and Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow curricula, discover how artists of the 20th century used their art as a form of activism. FREE!
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Women & the American Story: Women in STEM
Wednesday, December 9, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hours
Despite today’s gender gap, women have long participated in the sciences. Learn about the critical contributions of women in STEM and the challenges they faced from the colonial era through the 20th century. By examining patents, photographs, documents, and more, discover female role models that will inspire today’s young women to pursue STEM interests. FREE!
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Women & the American Story: Coverture
Wednesday, December 16, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Coverture, a legal principle brought to the American colonies as part of English common law, shaped women’s legal rights as well as societal expectations of their behavior—and still does today. Using our Women & the American Story curriculum, learn how women over the centuries have experienced and subverted the principles and vestiges of coverture. FREE!
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