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
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Sara Lee Schupf
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Lori and Mark Fife
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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We currently offer FREE weekly professional development for teachers online. Interactive workshops take place on Wednesdays at 5 pm ET. "In Conversation," an informal discussion series, meets every Thursday at 6 pm ET. We hope to see you soon! 


January

Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow
Wednesday, January 13, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Explore Black Americans’ fight for freedom and racial equality during Reconstruction and the white supremacy that ushered in the Jim Crow era.  
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Lessons from the Reconstruction Era with Dominique Jean-Louis
Thursday, January 14, 6-7pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
What can the history of Reconstruction tell us about the United States' current social and political moment? Join us as we talk with Dominique Jean-Louis, Assistant Curator for History Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society about democracy, chaos, and political organizing in the years following the Civil War.
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Gender and Racial Construct in Colonial America
Wednesday, January 20, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hour
Using our Women & the American Story curriculum, explore materials that discuss the origins of racism and gender constructs in colonial America. This workshop features a talk by Kathleen Brown, University of Pennsylvania Professor of History, and author of Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia.
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In Conversation: From the Archives to the Classroom... Creating a Women’s History Curriculum
Thursday, January 21, 6-7pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Only 13 percent of figures in American history textbooks are women—despite the fact that women have always been 50 percent of the American population! New-York Historical's Women & the American Story (WAMS) curriculum is designed to change that. Hear from members of the WAMS team as they reflect on this ambitious project, the lessons they’ve learned after three years of research and writing, and their dreams for the future of women’s history instruction.
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Women, Politics, and Public Service
Wednesday, January 27, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Discover women who were active agents for change operating at various levels of federal, state, and local government, and use primary sources to consider how they represented diverse populations and pushed for progressive policy amidst growth and turmoil. 
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In Conversation: The Curator’s Process with Dr. Wendy Ikemoto
Thursday, January 28, 6-7pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
The curatorial process can be an engaging and enlightening process that includes research, storytelling, and design. Join Curator of American Art Wendy Ikemoto for a behind-the-scenes conversation about how exhibitions develop, focusing on plans for a new permanent collections show on public monuments.  
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February

Voting Rights and Freedom Summer 
Wednesday, February 3, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Use primary and secondary sources to explore the fight to secure voting and civil rights in the deep South through the lens of the Freedom Summer of 1964. 
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Early Colonial Politics and Government
Wednesday, February 10, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Explore sources from our collections and curriculum library to learn more about how people navigated various systems of colonial government across the English, Dutch, French, and Spanish colonies.
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Slavery and Resistance in Democracies
Wednesday, February 24, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
This workshop is presented in collaboration with New-York Historical’s Academy for American Democracy. Consider the practice of slavery in ancient Greece and the United States and discuss how people of the past fought back against these systems in pursuit of freedom and citizenship.
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In Conversation: Exploring Identity and Antiracism in Education with Facing History and Ourselves
Thursday, February 25, 6-7pm ET

Participant will receive 1 CTLE hour 
As Black History Month comes to a close, join us for an important conversation on antiracist education with Steven Becton, chief equity and inclusion officer for Facing History and Ourselves and Dr. Zachary Casey, associate chair of educational studies at Rhodes College. They'll discuss why it's essential to our practice as educators and the challenges and opportunities it presents to us and our communities.  
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March

Women, Race, and the Vote
Wednesday, March 3, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Learn about intersectionality and divisions within women’s fights for voting rights before and after the ratification of the 19th Amendment.  
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Women & the American Story: Online Resources and Digital Pedagogy for Teaching Women’s History
Wednesday, March 10, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Take a deep dive into Women & the American Story, our free online resource that connects educators with classroom resources that illuminate diverse women’s contributions to the American past, and explore different pedagogical strategies for bringing these sources into your virtual classroom instruction. 
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In Conversation: Japanese American Incarceration with Facing History and Ourselves
Thursday, March 11, 6-7pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour 
One of the most shameful periods in American history was the incarceration of 120,000 citizens of Japanese descent during World War II. Fred Korematsu, a California man who was arrested after he refused to be relocated, was among the many who resisted. The resulting Supreme Court case—Korematsu v. the United States—upheld the incarceration policies and still informs debates over immigration and citizenship today. Join us for a conversation with Mary Hendra, program director for Facing History and Ourselves’s Los Angeles office and Stan Yogi, author of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up among other books, as we honor the experiences of Japanese Americans and explore what it means to be an upstander during difficult moments. 
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Union and Confederate Homefronts
Wednesday, March 17, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Learn about homefronts during the Civil War through the close study of individuals’ experiences on both sides of the conflict. 
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Feminism and Women’s Liberation
Wednesday, March 24, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hour
Discuss the origins and progression of the word “feminism,” and consider the ways that various women’s groups in the 1960s and 1970s engaged in the fight for liberation. This workshop features a talk by Kirsten Swinth, Fordham University professor of history and American studies, and author of Feminism’s Forgotten Fight: The Unfinished Struggle for Work and Family.
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April

The Environmental Movement 
Wednesday, April 7, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Explore how to make past-present connections with students between environmental activism today and the Environmental Movement in the 1960s and 70s. 
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More than Molly Pitcher: Women and the American Revolution
Wednesday, April 14, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hour
Discover the myriad roles that women across race, class, and geographic region played during the American Revolution and consider how their contributions informed debates over freedom and civic participation in the early moments of the new nation. This workshop features a talk by Alex Myers, educator, transgender advocate, gender identity speaker, and author of Revolutionary.
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Art and Culture in the Early Colonial Period
Wednesday, April 21, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Consider what early innovations in art, literature, and science can tell us about life across various North American colonies.
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Fighting Exclusion: Chinese Americans in the Early 20th Century 
Wednesday, April 28, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hour
Learn how xenophobic attitudes and legislation shaped the lives of Chinese Americans in the early 20th century and how they successfully resisted nativism and fought against stereotypes.  This workshop features a talk by Shirley J. Lim, Stony Brook University professor of history and author of Anna May Wong: Performing the Modern.
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May

Consumer Culture and the Cold War Era
Wednesday, May 5, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Consider how government propaganda and social trends in 1950s America perpetuated suburban ideals and consumer culture, and the ways in which women resisted and engaged with the dominant post-war narrative using our Women & the American Story curriculum.  
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Arts Integration in the Virtual Classroom
Wednesday, May 12, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Discover new hands-on strategies for engaging students of all ages in the study of U.S. history through visual sources and hands-on art making activities from our Women & the American Story curriculum. 
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Abolition and Resistance in the Antebellum Era
Wednesday, May 19, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hour
Discover the stories and experiences of free and enslaved Black Americans in the North and South who were active agents in the fight for freedom. This workshop features a talk by Barbara Krauthamer, University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor of History, and co-author of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery.
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Women Soldiers and Nurses during the Civil War 
Wednesday, May 26, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Learn more about the variety of ways that women supported and contributed to the union and confederate efforts on the warfront. 
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June

Lesbian and Trans Activists of the 20th Century 
Wednesday, June 2, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Learn about lesbian and trans activists and consider how individuals and groups like Marsha P. Johnson and the Furies fought for equality within and on the outskirts of the gay liberation and feminist movements.
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Seneca Village
Wednesday, June 9, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Using materials from our Seneca Village curriculum and online collections, learn about the 19th-century settlement of predominantly free Black landowners who were displaced by the construction of Central Park.
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Activism and Intersectionality in the 1960s and 1970s
Wednesday, June 16, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hour
Discover individuals and groups of women who pushed back against sexism and created space for women within various grassroots movements of the 1960s and 1970s. This workshop features a talk by Mary Phillips, CUNY Lehman College Professor of African and African American Studies, co-creator of the Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project, and author of the forthcoming Sister Love: Ericka Huggins, Spiritual Activism, and the Black Panther Party.
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