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 New-York Historical’s extensive collection. Scholars will either explore a current museum exhibition in-depth or conduct their research in the print, manuscript, and photograph collections in the Library. All Scholars will select a research theme of interest with the opportunity to convey that particular topic in New York and American history to a broader audience.
The Scholars Program for Teens has two sessions per year: Academic Year and Summer. The Summer 2015 program is currently full. Information on the 2015-16 Academic Year program will be posted in September 2015.
Participation is free with Family Membership to N-YHS or $150 per student for Non-Members. Scholarship opportunities are available.
Here's What We're Up To!
Historians and Art Historians regularly come to the New-York Historical Society to conduct research. This August, the Summer Scholars will have the chance to do the same! High school students from the New York City metropolitan area are invited to spend six morning sessions researching, writing, and creating educational materials about locations of literary significance throughout Manhattan. The history behind these locations will be the catalyst for in-depth investigations within the New-York Historical Society’s Library.
This program is offered in collaboration with Literary Manhattan, an organization dedicated to promoting literacy and increasing public awareness of Manhattan’s rich literary history. Scholars will be trained in research methods while exploring the vast collection of the prestigious Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society, one of the oldest independent research libraries in the United States. Scholars will discover archived manuscript, map, printed, and microfilm primary sources, further develop their critical thinking and writing skills, and expand their portfolios by contributing to creative projects. Summer 2015 Teen Scholars will then have the unique and exciting opportunity to use the research they conduct at N-YHS to contribute to Literary Manhattan’s project to document notable locations in the literary world.
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 collections. 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's 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. They also shot before-and-after images to preserve history in their own terms and produced a documentary of their photographs and related research. View it here.
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