Expand your content knowledge and enrich your use of primary sources in the classroom through these interactive, Common Core-aligned professional development programs. We have divided the year into four quarters, each with its own theme: October-December: New Century, New Challenges (1880-1920), January-March: From Colony to Country (1750-1825), April-May: National Growing Pains (1850-1880), and June: World at War: Hot and Cold (1920s-1970s). Join us for rigorous workshops that engage participants in history using multiple sources.

Participation in New-York Historical Society professional development is applicable towards maintaining professional certification from the New York City Department of Education.

Unless otherwise noted, all workshops run from 4:30-6:30 PM, cost $10 for members and $15 for non-members, and include pizza. Advance registration is required.

New Century, New Challenges (1880-1920)


From Colony to Country (1750-1825)

National Growing Pains (1850-1880)

Homefront & Battlefield: The Experiences of Civil War Women
Wednesday, April 8, 2014
How were women impacted by the Civil War? Tour our new exhibition Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the American Civil War and learn about the craft and significance of this folk art form. The exhibition tour will be followed by a workshop that will introduce multiple sources from the museum’s collection that help illuminate the roles played by women on both sides of the Mason Dixon line.
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Westward Ho!: Oklahoma! and Paint Your Wagon
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Circle up the wagons and get ready to head West. Beginning with the thrill of the California Gold Rush, our journey continues as we track the evolution of Oklahoma from Indian Territory to statehood. Through evocative primary sources from our collections, including newspaper articles and images, and video clips from the musicals Oklahoma! and Paint Your Wagon, see Westward Expansion come to life through the music and lyrics of these Broadway masterpieces.
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New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War
Thursday, May 8, 2014
At the outbreak of the Civil War, New York was torn between its economic, social, and political ties to southern slavery and an increasingly vocal movement for abolition. Explore primary sources, images, and artifacts from Civil War-era New York to understand how competing ideologies played out in the nation’s largest city during its bloodiest conflict.
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Charcoal Combat: Battlefield Art of the Civil War
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
With paper and pencil as their weapons, Civil War battlefield artists risked death and disease to bring to life the horrific and inspiring stories seen on the warfront. Discover the narratives behind these poignant pencil and charcoal illustrations and learn how you can leverage this unique art form for your art classroom.
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Chancellor’s Conference Day – The Civil War and the Common Core*
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 8:30-3:00
“Nearly a century and a half after its conclusion, the Civil War remains the central event in American history,” asserts historian Eric Foner in the introduction to Harold Holzer and the New-York Historical Society’s 2013 book, The Civil War in 50 Objects. Tie this important historical content with the strategies and rigor the Common Core demands in this full-day professional development session. Participants will explore the exhibition Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the American Civil War, interpret artifacts featured in The Civil War in 50 Objects, and learn Common Core-aligned strategies that can be brought directly in to the classroom.
*$35/person. Participants will receive curriculum materials and coffee will be served.
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World at War: Hot and Cold (1920s-1970s)

World War II: On the Town, This Is the Army, and South Pacific
Tuesday, June 10
Enlist in a musical journey as we explore wartime propaganda, women in the workforce, and the New York home front during World War II. Through the music and songs of the Broadway shows This Is the Army, On the Town, and South Pacific, we will examine the various roles that New Yorkers played in the war effort and their experiences of going to war. This American Musicals Project workshop uses media to engage learners in the energy and activity of wartime New York.
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When Walls Shout: Street Art in the 1970s
Thursday, June 12, 2014
From New York’s decade of decline emerged a creative outpouring of raw human talent and emotion. The 1970s and '80s saw art, music, and dance taken to the street, challenging the human condition in our concrete jungle. Uncover vibrant artwork by street artists such as Keith Haring and Tracy 168 (Michael Tracy) and learn how to bring Street Art to your classroom. Have your student’s artwork shout volumes!
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Black Fives: Sports and Civil Rights
Thursday, June 19, 2014
When basketball was invented in 1891, teams were called “fives” in reference to the number of starting players. Back then, leagues were segregated along racial lines. Discover how the teams and players of the Black Fives created a nationwide network from scratch, strengthened African American communities, and helped pave the way for the Civil Rights Movement.
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Creative: Tronvig Group