Homeschool Academy 2013-2014 Academic Year

Mark your calendar! This fall, homeschoolers are invited to make themselves at home at the New-York Historical Society! Every Friday afternoon, classes will be offered simultaneously for multiple age groups. All of your children can study and enjoy New-York Historical’s amazing collections all year long!

The Art of History
Ages 7 – 10
The Art of History is an innovative program that teaches New York and American history, art history and the visual arts using tangible historical evidence from the vast collections of New York’s oldest museum. Students will hone their observation and descriptive skills as they create hands-on art projects to visually document their history learning. Class topics include Life with the Lenape, Life in New Amsterdam, and Slavery in New York.
Optional homework.
Instructor: Dan De Santis, Visual Arts Specialist & Educator

American Musicals Project
Ages 11 – 13
The American Musicals Project teaches American History using the power and emotional energy of American musical theater masterworks in conjunction with extraordinary primary resources from our exhibitions and collections to teach the historical time periods in which these classic musicals take place. Units include the Great Depression: Annie, Westward Expansion: Oklahoma!, and Post-War NY: West Side Story.
Optional homework.
Instructor: Chris Whitford, Educator (and homeschool parent!)

1:30 - 3 pm on Friday afternoons.

Series 1:
Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11
The Art of History: Life with the Lenape
American Musicals Project: 1776 and the Declaration of Independence

Series 2:
Oct 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 22
The Art of History: Life in New Amsterdam
American Musicals Project: Big River and Antebellum Slavery

Series 3:
Jan  3, 10, 17, 24, 31
The Art of History: American Revolution in New York
American Musicals Project: Oklahoma! and Westward Expansion

Series 4:
Feb 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28
The Art of History: Slavery in New York
American Musicals Project: Annie and the Great Depression

Series 5:
Apr. 25, May 2, 9, 16*
The Art of History: Immigration in New York
American Musicals Project: West Side Story and Postwar New York
* This series will only have four class sessions

Register Your Student Today! Contact Daniel De Santis:, (212) 873-3400 x367

The Art of History, ages 7-10
$75 per series, save $25 if you book all five.

American Musicals Project, ages 11-13
$125 per series, save $50 if you book all five.

Educational initiatives at the New-York Historical Society are made possible, in part, by generous support from the Hearst Foundations, Inc., the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barker Welfare Foundation, Goldman Sachs Gives, and The Angela and Scott Jagger Foundation.

All field trip programs are available for homeschool families, groups, and co-ops. Click here to view field trip offerings. Call today to book your group visit! (212) 485-9293 or e-mail

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