PIZZA AND PD: TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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)
Faces of Fortune: Portraiture of the Gilded Age
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Discover the lifestyles of the rich and famous as they were lived at the turn of the 20th century. Join us as we examine the illustrious portraiture of the Gilded Age and uncover the stories behind the barons and beauties who capitalized on our country’s burgeoning industrial might. Learn why portraiture was significant to our national identity and how you can creatively infuse these themes into the art room.
From Colony to Country (1750-1825)
The Declaration of Independence: 1776
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
What was it like to be inside Independence Hall in Philadelphia during the summer of 1776? Join us as we combine powerful clips from the Broadway hit 1776 with thought-provoking primary sources from our collections that together tell the story of this exciting time in our early history when the Founding Fathers risked their lives for an idea.
New York Rising: The American Revolution in New York
Thursday, January 23, 2014
People think Boston and Philadelphia were the most important cities during the American Revolution, but New York played a critical role in the conflict. Find out how New Yorkers reacted to the Declaration of Independence. Learn what role the city played in George Washington’s early interactions with British forces. Join us as we examine artifacts, artwork, and primary sources to create a rich portrait of the city and its citizens during the American Revolution.
It Happened Here: Slavery in New York
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Enslaved people played a key role in the development of New York under Dutch, British, and American rule, yet their history was largely forgotten for nearly 200 years. Analyze artifacts, paintings, and primary documents to deepen your understanding of slavery as it was practiced in New York from settlement in the 17th century to emancipation in the 19th, and learn how historians approach the task of giving a voice to those who were oppressed long ago.
America’s Big Dig: The Canal that Connected the Country
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
What couldn’t George Washington or Thomas Jefferson do that New Yorker DeWitt Clinton did? Build a canal from the East Coast to the Midwest! Join us as we explore the people and events behind one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th Century: The Erie Canal. Through the use of primary sources educators will unlock the history behind the building of the Canal and how it forever changed the economic, social, and political landscape of New York and America.
Wild Things: Scientific Art of the Romantic Era
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Cataloguing exotic flora and fauna in their journals and artwork, 19th century artists and adventurers alike captured the beauty and mystery of our natural environment. Discover America’s wilderness as captured by painter John James Audubon in his original watercolor illustrations for The Birds of America, and learn how to transform your students into artistic story-tellers of nature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.