Scholars Program: Hands-on History for Teens

“I would recommend this program to my peers because the chance to work with original documents and a highly specialized museum and library staff is an opportunity seldom offered to high school students.”
– Andrew Sobelsohn, Summer Scholar 2014

The Scholars program for teens at New-York Historical is designed for history-loving high school students, grades 9-12, with a particular passion for New York City History. The program seeks to strengthen visual literacy skills and the ability to conduct in-depth historical research. Using the extensive collection at New-York Historical, participants will identify a historical period or topic within New York City’s history, choose a research theme of interest, and collaborate on creative projects to compellingly convey that particular topic in New York and American History to a broader audience.


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The Scholars Program for Teens has two sessions per year: Academic Year and Summer.

Upcoming Dates to Know:
Spring 2015 Program:

  • Program description and application posted: November 2014
  • Deadline to apply: January 2014
  • Program dates: 6 Saturdays from 10am-1pm in Spring 2015

Here's What We're Up To!

Our previous projects include:

Summer 2014 Scholars had the unique opportunity to develop their research, critical thinking, and writing skills while exploring the New-York Historical Society’s extensive library and museum collection. Scholars developed valuable skills and effective practices for researching while gaining access to the vast resources of New-York Historical. They each explored a topic in American History of their choice while learning how to make use of a research library at The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society, one of the oldest independent research libraries in the United States. Scholars discovered archived manuscript, map, printed, and microfilm primary sources within the library collection.

Fall 2013 Sunday Scholars immersed themselves in The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, an exhibition that revisited the famous 1913 New York Armory Show with an eye towards the seismic shifts in American culture, politics, and society at the time. The Scholars researched within a museum setting, further developed their critical thinking and writing skills, and ultimately presented their discoveries in an interactive web-based timeline. You can view the Scholars’ work here.

Spring 2013 Sunday Scholars explored the photography of Camilo José Vergara, focusing on his photographs of Martin Luther King Jr. murals (featured in the exhibition The Dream Continues: Photographs of Martin Luther King Murals by Vergara at New-York Historical) to inform their own creative projects.

The Scholars composed their own multi-media, research-based, documentation projects. View them here.

Fall 2012 Sunday Scholars studied artist Camilo José Vergara’s time-lapse photography in order to reflect on the changing social and cultural fabric of urban geography, and produced their own “before” and “after” images to preserve history on their own terms. The Scholars also created a documentary of their photographs and related research. View it here.


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