“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, seven-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.
Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academy has two sessions per year: Fall and Spring.
Upcoming Dates to Know
Spring 2014 Program:
- Course descriptions and online registration available: February 1, 2014
- Deadline to register: February 21, 2014
- Program dates: Saturdays, March 1-April 26
Fall 2014 Program
- Application available: TBD September 2014
- Deadline: TBD October 2014
- Program dates: Saturdays, October 18-December 6
Recent Saturday Academy Courses Have Included
Funny Papers, Serious Subjects: A Comic Book History
Paul Swartz, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Back by popular demand! From Benjamin Franklin’s “Join or Die,” to Siegel and Shuster’s “Truth, justice, and the American way,” the United States has always been a cartoon country. In this course, you will look at the ways in which comic books and strips have reflected and created our American culture and ideals. In later class sessions, theory will meet practice as you will try your hand at creating some (historically-informed) comics of your own.
Battleground New York: Protests, Revolutions, and Riots
Katie Courtien, Educator, New-York Historical Society
The Slave Revolt of 1712. The American Revolution. The Draft Riots. What do all of these events have in common? They each turned the streets of New York City into a battleground. Despite being a city known for its acceptance and liberalism, New York has continuously been the backdrop for many conflicts that not only helped change the laws and history of NYC, but also had wide-reaching effects on the rest of the nation, and even the world. This course will explore all of these various battles - whether physical, political, or social - by studying New-York Historical Society’s extensive museum and library collection. Through studying artifacts and their stories, you will discover how this tumultuous history helped create New York as we know it today.
“I’m with them!”: Social Psychology and American History
Jennifer Lagasse, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Social psychology, or the study of how individual behavior is influenced by the presence of others, experienced a massive amount of growth in the United States during the 1930s and 40s. In the wake of the Depression and worldwide war, researchers and reformers sought to both understand a painful past, and help to shape a better future. This class will explore not only the history of social psychology, including some of the most (in)famous researchers and studies of all time, it will also give students a chance to examine a range of historical events through the lens of social psychology.
Andrew Parrish, SAT Tutor & 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.
If you have questions regarding Saturday Academy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.