New-York Historical Society Creates a New Home For Home Schoolers
New American Musicals Project Courses Tie Important American History to Beloved Musical Theater Classics
New York, NY September 6, 2011 – Beginning fall 2011, the New-York Historical Society will launch a new series of onsite courses for homeschooled students designed to enrich their study of American History through the power and emotion of musical theater.
Originally developed for public schools in conjunction with the New York City Department of Education, The American Musicals Project couples musical theater masterworks with primary sources from the New-York Historical Society’s collections to make history come alive for students. For the first time, homeschooled students can benefit from this fun and enriching program through a new series of courses based on the themes of American Independence, Slavery, Suffrage and The Great Depression. In addition to receiving in-depth, standards-based instruction, students will have hands-on opportunities to explore the Museum’s unique collections, develop their critical thinking and literacy skills and engage in inter-disciplinary projects.
Appropriate for ages 11-14, each course of the American Musicals Project for homeschooled students is scheduled as four sessions: American Independence (November 18, December 2, December 9 and December 16, 2011); Slavery (January 6, January 13, January 20 and January 27, 2012); Suffrage (March 2, March 9, March 16 and March 23, 2012) and The Great Depression (May 4, May 11, May 18 and May 25, 2012). Students may enroll in the entire series for $200, or $65 for a single unit.
The courses will complement new gallery experiences designed to engage families with history when the New-York Historical Society reopens on November 11th: the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, which introduces major themes of American history through stories and figures from New York's past through objects from New-York Historical's collection, and the DiMenna Children's History Museum, designed especially to engage young visitors as History Detectives exploring the richness and wonder of America's past.