“I had an amazing time at Saturday Academy, learning new things and making new friends from all around New York City.”
- Saturday Academy student, Fall 2012
The New-York Historical Society offers Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academy, a free, six-week program for students in grades 8–12 that offers courses in American Studies and SAT prep*. With no homework or tests, these courses offer fun and interesting information on the bits of history that don’t always find their way into the classroom. Students meet for six Saturdays each session and may take one class or two. All classes are offered twice, at 10-11:30 am, then again at 11:40 am-1 pm.
*Please note: The SAT Prep classes are open only to students currently enrolled in 10th, 11th or 12th grade. Students who register for SAT Prep must also enroll in a history-based Saturday Academy course.
Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academy is every Fall (October – December) at New-York Historical.
Upcoming Dates to Know:
Fall 2015 Program:
- Course descriptions and application available: September 2015
- Deadline to register: October 2015
- Program dates: Saturdays, October 17-December 5
Here's What We're Up To!
Recent Saturday Academy Courses Have Included:
Protest Music that Rocked the Nation
Katie Fuller, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Does music inspire protest or does protest inspire music? Music has defined the United States through its history. The art form has empowered minorities who might otherwise have been ignored. Through this class, students will explore the evolution of American protest music. They will learn about how music transcends laws and bigotry, lending a voice to protest movements. The class will also examine American music's roots and its powerful impact across the centuries of demonstrations in the United States.
Witch-Hunts: An American Tradition Supported by our Constitution?
Katie Courtien, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Imagine your closest friends and neighbors accusing you of a crime you didn't commit. Despite their lack of evidence, a court rules in their favor, and the Constitution may even protect them instead of you! This class will explore witch-hunts in America, focusing on the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and the McCarthy Era of the 1950s. We will read actual court transcriptions from the 1600s and watch videos of the McCarthy hearings to experience what it was like to be on trial. The class will lastly explore more recent witch-hunts and discuss whether or not the Constitution supports them. Sign up… if you dare!
Paul Swartz, Educator, New-York Historical Society
This class will explore some of the Constitution's most ambiguous and inscrutable language. What defines a "well-regulated militia," a "natural-born citizen," or a "cruel and unusual punishment?" Why do some key rights (a woman's right to choose, for instance), stem from a right to privacy that is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution? When and how did corporations become people? In this course we will examine historical and contemporary disputes over the meaning of the Constitution. We will also do some interpreting and arguing of our own–engaging in debates and drafting model amendments of our own.
Living in Scandalous Times: Dark Moments in History
Jennifer Lagasse, Educator, New-York Historical Society
The discovery of the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan in 1991. Nelly Bly's undercover exposé of the horrific treatment of the mentally ill in the 1800s. The real life experiences of Japanese-American citizens interned during during WWII. In this class, students will examine a range of controversial moments and movements–including topics not often encountered in the classroom–that profoundly shaped the history of New York and the nation. In wrestling with these important events, this class will add often overlooked voices to the historical conversation (including women, people of color, and immigrants).
Andrew Parrish, SAT Tutor & Educator, New-York Historical Society
Jenny Zerke, SAT Tutor & Educator, New-York Historical Society
History buffs are not known for their math skills. Mathletes do not usually become novelists. But the SAT will test your critical reading, writing, and math skills, so you better be prepared. Join this class to work on all three and also learn some tips for taking the test. After taking two mandatory practice tests, students will leave the class prepared and confident for the exam. All students registered for these classes will also receive printed practice materials to prepare on their own.
Students in the SAT class will be required to take two free practice SAT exams on the beginning and end of the program 1:30–5:30 pm at the museum.
*The SAT Prep classes are open only to students currently enrolled in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Students who register for the SAT Prep class must also register for a history class of their choosing. Requests to enroll only in SAT Prep will not be approved.
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