Saturday Academy

“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 seven 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.

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Upcoming Dates to Know

Fall 2014 Program

  • Online registration available: September 8, 2014
  • Deadline: October 10, 2014
  • Program dates: Saturdays, October 18-November 22 from 10am-1pm


Recent Saturday Academy Courses Have Included:

One Hundred Years Ago: America from 1912-1918
Paul Swartz, Educator, New-York Historical Society

In 1914, America bore witness to its first traffic light, its last passenger pigeon, and the dawning of the “War to End All Wars.” All over the world, the second decade of the 20th century was a time of cultural, political, and technological ferment. Looking back with the benefit of 100 years of hindsight, we can see how these years shaped our city and our country and ushered in the 20th century. History, as the saying goes, does not repeat precisely, but it does rhyme. In this class, students will look back at the turbulent, radical years of the teens and see how much this era rhymes with our own.

Protest Music that Rocked the Nation
Katie Fuller, Educator, New-York Historical Society

Does the music inspire the movement or does the movement inspire the music? Much of the history of the United States has been documented by music –music that has served as a voice for a people, a voice that might otherwise have been overlooked or even retaliated against. This class will closely examine the music of specific American revolutions. Students will learn about the evolution of protest music in the United States and how it was able to transcend laws and bigotry to create a sense of purpose that mere words could not ignite, and how it impacted, motivated, and educated an entire nation to want better for its citizens.

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).

SAT Prep
Andrew Parrish, SAT Tutor & Educator, New-York Historical Society
Justinne Jedzinak, Educator, New-York Historical Society

History buffs are not always known for their math skills. Mathletes do not always 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. All students registered for these classes will also receive printed practice materials to use on their own as they continue to prepare.




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