Student Historian Internship Program at the New-York Historical Society Is Named a Finalist in the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
New York, NY, May 15, 2012— The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its cultural partners—the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—has announced that the Student Historian High School Internship Program of the New-York Historical Society is a finalist for the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.
The Student Historian Internship Program is open to young people in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Participating students research works of art, artifacts, and documents; create guides, tours, and videos; and learn to work with diverse audiences in a museum setting.
“Our interns see firsthand that the ideas and stories that come to us from our nation’s past are exciting, engaging, and often deeply moving,” said Sharon Dunn, Vice President for Education at New-York Historical. “Students who are selected for the program enjoy working with primary sources and engaging in ‘hands-on history’ as they explore several rewarding career paths.”
"The best part of the internship was meeting and collaborating with other people who love history, as well as seeing how a museum's collection works," recalled James Marlow, a student at Bard High School Early College, who was a summer 2011 Student Historian.
The New-York Historical Society’s Student Historian Internship program is one of fifty finalists from across the country recognized for presenting rich arts and humanities learning opportunities. From small towns to big cities, the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists reflect the diversity of disciplines and settings of these wonderful programs that are taking place from coast to coast.
A total of twelve programs will be named winners of the Awards, which will be presented by First Lady Michelle Obama. For more information about the 2012 award, visit http://www.nahyp.org/pressrelease/2012-national-arts-and-humanities-yout...
About the New-York Historical Society Education Center
The New-York Historical Society organizes and presents an extensive range of school programs, teacher resources, and adult and children’s workshops. New-York Historical’s school programs introduce research skills to young historians throughout the academic year. By examining primary sources such as maps, photographs, and newspapers, and studying material culture such as works of art, furniture, and tools, students develop independent views of history. Curricula based on exhibitions and collections help students develop research, analysis, and interpretation skills. After-school workshops and special projects further integrate source materials into teaching units and classroom work. Programs for adults foster lifelong learning and a deeper appreciation of the relevance of history in our lives.