Education

Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.

Education Mission

The New-York Historical Society Education Division provides dynamic programming and curriculum resources for students and teachers in New York and beyond. Historical study sparks curiosity and creativity, promotes cultural understanding, and fosters an empowered citizenry to strengthen our democracy. Our staff of passionate professionals draws on our world-renowned collections to engage learners of all ages in the study of our collective past.

 

Education programs made possible through endowments established by:
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hearst Foundations
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Public funding provided by:
Institute for Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Important support provided by:
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Ford Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Altman Foundation
Deutsche Bank
The Pinkerton Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
The Keith Haring Foundation
The Bay and Paul Foundations
The Alice Lawrence Foundation
The Henry Nias Foundation
Fred and Joan Pittman
Anonymous

 

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Join us for any of the interactive professional learning programs listed below to expand your content knowledge and enrich your use of primary sources in the classroom!

The New-York Historical Society is an NYSED-approved CTLE sponsor, and participation in workshops is applicable towards maintaining professional certification from the New York City Department of Education.

All “Pizza & PD” and “Think & Drink with a Historian” sessions are FREE to teachers whose students participate in our Social Studies Enrichment, Art of History, or History on Broadway programs.

For questions & registration, contact professional.learning@nyhistory.org or 212-873-3400 ext. 510.


November

Citizenship Sessions
Resisting Exclusion: Chinese Americans after 1882
Wednesday, November 15, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

The Chinese Exclusion Act was the first federal law to control immigration and dramatically changed what it meant to be an American citizen. Using materials from the groundbreaking Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion curriculum guide, explore how Chinese Americans fought against exclusion and bent the rules - in secret and in public. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
The Life and Times of John F. Kennedy
Wednesday, November 29, 4:30 – 6:30 pm 
John F. Kennedy’s administration coincided with a golden age of American photojournalism. Study the breadth of his career—from his first congressional bid to his tragic death—and the impact it had on American culture through the photographs in our exhibition American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


December

Pizza & PD
Arthur Szyk: Solider in Art
Wednesday, December 6, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Polish-born artist Arthur Szyk used his art to speak out against Nazism, Fascism, militarism, and racism in the years leading up to World War II. Tour our new exhibition Arthur Szyk: Solider in Art and discuss how this “one man army” leveraged his talent in the fight for human rights. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Special Saturday Workshop SOLD OUT
Mapping the Revolution: George Washington and the Revolutionary War
Saturday, December 9, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Presented in partnership with he George Washington Teacher Institute at Mount Vernon, this multi-faceted workshop combines scholarly lectures, object-based activities, and gallery tours to explore Washington's role as a military leader, politician, and revolutionary. Free with RSVP Register Here
Pizza & PD
Hotbed
Wednesday, December 13, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Tour the newest exhibition in our Center for Women’s History, and learn about the vibrant political and artistic scene of Greenwich Village in the early 20th century. Through primary sources, meet the individuals who came together across social and racial boundaries to fight for women’s rights in the workplace, the home, and, most importantly, the voting booth. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


January

Pizza & PD
The American Revolution in Maps
Wednesday, January 10, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Consider how historians use maps to track the geographic, political, and economic changes that occurred before, during, and after the American Revolution and tour our new exhibition featuring maps and documents on tour from Boston Public Library. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
FDR’s Presidency and Legacy
Wednesday, January 17, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Examine the Progressive Era, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and WWII through the lens of our nation’s longest serving President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, using objects, images, and documents from our collections. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
High School Chancellor’s Day
The Vietnam War: 1945–1975
Monday, January 29, 8:30 am – 3 pm
The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial events of the 20th century. Tour our groundbreaking exhibition The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 and participate in hands-on activities that highlight the experience of those who stayed at home and those who went to war. All participants will receive a free copy of our new The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 curriculum guide and poster for their classroom! Coffee will be served. $35 per person Register Here
High School Chancellor’s Day
Hotbed: Sex, Suffrage, and Social Change in Bohemian New York
Monday, January 29, 8:30 am – 3 pm
In the early 20th century, New York City’s Greenwich Village was a hotbed of social activism. Tour our new exhibition, Hotbed, and participate in classroom-based breakout sessions that highlight the role immigrants, socialists, artists, and radicals played in transforming American society and culture. Coffee will be served. $35 per person Register Here


February

Pizza & PD
Women and the Industrial Age: A New Light on Tiffany
Thursday, February 8, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Tour the beautiful Gallery of Tiffany Lamps and learn about the often overlooked story of head designer Clara Driscoll and the uncredited “Tiffany Girls” to deepen your understanding of women’s lives at the turn of the 20th century. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy: Rebel Spirits
Tuesday, February 27, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by examining his complicated relationship with another counterculture leader of the 1960s: Robert F. Kennedy. Examine photographs in our new exhibition and consider how to bring this dramatic history into the classroom. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


March

Pizza & PD
History Detectives: Inquiry Strategies for K–5 Students
Thursday, March 8, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Practice strategies for incorporating historical inquiry and object-based learning into your work with elementary level students during an interactive visit to DiMenna Children’s History Museum. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Citizenship Sessions
Breaking the Rules: Women Reformers, 1800-1860
Thursday, March 15, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Using resources from our Saving Washington curriculum guide, consider how women in the first half of the 19th century redefined their role in society and pushed the boundaries of what it meant to be a female citizen in the United States. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
The Vietnam War: 1945–1975
Thursday, March 29, 4:30 – 6:30 pm 
Tour the groundbreaking exhibition The Vietnam War: 1945–1975, and dive into the history of one of the most controversial events of the 20th century. After the tour, explore materials from our new Vietnam curriculum guide and take home a copy for use in your classroom. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
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