Few know that our 16th President, the man who saw the Union through the Civil War, did not have the chance to properly attend school. He went “by littles”, increments that amounted to fewer than 12 months of formal education over several years. Noted historian and author Lewis E. Lehrman follows Abraham Lincoln’s incredible life, highlighting key moments that give insight into how he went from the poor son of a frontiersman with little formal education to one of the most celebrated leaders in American history.
Student Historian Program
– Marcia White, 2012 Student Historian
Recommended for children ages 4 - 7.
Each week New-York Historical Society educators read one to two engaging picture books around a theme. The themes are related to New York City, American history, current holidays, or new exhibitions.
Happy Birthday Ben Franklin! Celebrate Ben's 307th birthday and learn more about this amazing inventor, Founding Father, and all around cool guy.
Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta
It began as a single-room schoolhouse with about 40 students, the majority of whom were the children of slaves, and by the time it was absorbed into the New York City public school system in 1835, it had educated thousands of children, a number of whom went on to become well known in the United States and Europe. The New-York Historical Society’s New York African Free School Collection preserves a rich selection of student work and community commentary about the school.
Who Would Have Thought. . .The Unlikely Legal History of the 14th Amendment, 1866–1890
Instructor: Jonathan Lurie
October 5, 12, 19, and 26, November 2 and 9, 2006
Click here for a PDF of the Syllabus.
Staff and Advisors
The Institute for Constitutional History currently offers a variety of programs that enhance the teaching of Constitutional Studies and encourage scholars to increase their involvement in the field:
The interdisciplinary nature of the New-York Historical Society’s collections and exhibitions are ideal for in-depth intellectual discussions. If you are interested in bringing a class to New-York Historical, please visit our online booking system.
The Institute for Constitutional History sponsors or co-sponsors a variety of events during the academic year. Here is a partial list of upcoming and recent events:
College & Graduate Internships
The New-York Historical Society, through the generous support of the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, offers internships for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as recent graduates each fall, spring and summer.