Bring the New-York Historical Society into your classroom! These classroom-based programs use art and artifacts from our collections to illuminate the past. All programs are aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards.
Social Studies Enrichment
Through our school wide and grade wide Social Studies Enrichment programs, museum educators work with every class and every teacher each month over the course of the school year, delivering hands-on social studies programs that align with the Social Studies Scope and Sequence and the Common Core Learning Standards for each grade. Our 11th grade programs are designed to prepare students for the U.S. History Regents exam. Teachers will benefit from this classroom-embedded approach to professional development in which trained museum educators model inquiry- and object-based teaching strategies. Engage students in close observation and rigorous analysis using artifacts, images, maps, and documents from the New-York Historical Society collections.
These programs are designed to be delivered at the New-York Historical Society so that students can encounter and study original artifacts and works of art. It is strongly recommended that at least one program from the series is a scheduled field trip to the museum. The enrichment series begins with a planning session for all participating teachers. Monthly class sessions are scheduled between October and June.
Art of History
The Art of History is a unique classroom-based program combining social studies content with visual arts learning. A New-York Historical Society teaching artist will synthesize American history, art history, and the visual arts in a five-session mini-residency right in your classroom. Students strengthen their observation and descriptive skills while the hands-on art making provides them with tools to visually document what they have learned. The Art of History is language-rich and develops students’ history knowledge as well as their critical thinking and literacy skills. This approach to learning New York and American History supports the Common Core Learning Standards for ELA and helps fulfill the visual arts requirements for ArtsCount. A planning session with the Teaching Artist and participating teachers precedes each residency. Bring your students on a field trip to the New-York Historical Society for an optional sixth session.
History on Broadway! Outreach Series
A New Program for Middle School Students
This five-session residency uses songs and clips from musicals to promote students’ interest in and deepen their understanding of American history. Students unpack primary documents to corroborate or question the version of events presented in these shows, learning to use historical evidence and theatrical elements to examine and express opposing points of view from important debates in history. A residency can be delivered within one week or over several weeks and each culminates with student performances in historical character.
Each History on Broadway! unit costs $600 per class for NYC schools and $750 for schools outside NYC, plus a small planning session fee. All materials are included along with a curriculum guide.
The Declaration of Independence: 1776
Antebellum Slavery: Big River
The Gold Rush: Paint Your Wagon
Reconstruction: Show Boat
The Progressive Era: Fiorello!
The Great Depression: Annie and Street Scene
World War II: On the Town, South Pacific, This Is the Army
Post-World War II New York: West Side Story
To book a History on Broadway! unit please call : 212-485-9293