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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.

 

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

Public funds are provided by
Institute of Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Altman Foundation
IBM
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Sherri and Darren Cohen
Deutsche Bank
Onassis Foundation USA
Rice Family Foundation
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Sara Lee Schupf
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Lori and Mark Fife
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
GWG Foundation
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner
Henry Nias Foundation
an anonymous donor

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We currently offer FREE weekly professional development for teachers online. Interactive workshops take place on Wednesdays at 5 pm ET. "In Conversation," an informal discussion series, meets every Thursday at 6 pm ET. We hope to see you soon! 


September

Humanities in the Classroom Online Course
Women of the Americas: Early Encounters and Entangled Histories
September 13 – October 29, 2021

Take a deep dive into the Early Encounters unit of our Women & the American Story curriculum in this course presented by the National Humanities Center. This course disrupts narratives that focus exclusively on the history of men by exploring the lives of European, Indigenous, and African-descended women during the 16th through early 18th centuries; and centering women from a variety of backgrounds who were integral to the development of Spanish, Dutch, English, and French colonial societies in North America. Humanities in Class courses are offered exclusively online in a blended synchronous/asynchronous learning environment. There are no designated meeting times, with the exception of live opening sessions and pre-scheduled check-ins. Participants will receive 35 professional development hours; course registration fee: $125
Learn more and register here >


October

Civics for the Classroom: Presidents and Foreign Policy 
Wednesday, October 6, 5–6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Explore primary sources to consider the difficult decisions Presidents from Washington to Biden have faced in issues of foreign policy.  
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In Conversation with the Smithsonian: Oral Histories as Community Based Learning
Thursday, October 7, 6-7pm EST
Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
What can we learn from listening to each other? How do we honor the knowledge our neighbors carry? Join Orlando Serrano, manager of youth and teacher programs at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), and José Centeno-Meléndez, oral historian at the NMAH, for a conversation about the practice and process of oral history documentation. We will reflect on important predecessors, discuss contemporary models we admire, and share resources for you to use with your learning communities.
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Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In-Person | Saturday, October 9, 10–12 pm ET

Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours
Join us at the Museum for a first look at our new exhibition Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Explore the justice’s life and her ceaseless efforts to protect civil rights and foster equal opportunity for all Americans with an interactive gallery tour and materials from our Women & the American Story curriculum.
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Please note that as part of New York City’s Key to NYC program, all visitors to New York City museums are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In order to enter the Museum, you are required to show proof that you have received at least one vaccination dose with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization and a matching photo ID. Proof of vaccination may include a valid paper vaccination record, a photo of a valid vaccination record, the NYC COVID Safe App, or the New York State Excelsior Pass.  

Indigenous Responses to Colonization
Wednesday, October 13, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Compare and contrast the many ways Indigenous women responded to the crisis of colonization in North America.
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In Conversation: Approaches to Recent History
Thursday, October 14, 6-7pm EST

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
How do you historicize and teach recent events? Join Laura Mogulescu, Curator of Women's History Collections, and Anna Danziger Halperin, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Women's History and Public History, in a discussion of the new exhibition Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the challenges of presenting recent history.
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In Conversation with Facing History and Ourselves: The Trauma of History Revealed Through a Photograph
*TUESDAY* October 19, 6-7pm EST

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Join us for a conversation between Professor Wendy Lower, the John K. Roth Professor of History and Director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College, and Dr. Karen Murphy, the Director of International Strategy for Facing History and Ourselves, as they discuss Lower’s recent book The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed, exploring the question: “What does one do upon discovering a photograph that documents a murder?” 
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The U.S. Homefront and WWII
​Wednesday, October 20, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Explore the homefront roles and experiences of diverse New Yorkers and consider ways that individuals participated in the war effort from afar using primary sources and life stories.
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Race, Gender, and Reconstruction
Wednesday, October 27, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Discuss how women across race and class experienced the aftermath of the Civil War and the radical changes of Reconstruction.
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In Conversation with the Smithsonian
Thursday, October 28, 6-7pm EST

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
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November

In Conversation: Bringing Community Perspectives into Scenes of New York City
Thursday, November 4, 6-7pm EST

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
How do you diversify historical content when the record itself is not diverse? Join Wendy Ikemoto, Curator of American Art at the New-York Historical Society, as she discusses the new exhibition Scenes of New York City: The Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld Collection, and her efforts to incorporate a wider range of perspectives by inviting community members to contribute text to the exhibition.
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Civics for the Classroom: Women's Roles in Ancient Athens
Wednesday, November 10, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society’s Academy for American Democracy, learn how women’s lives were shaped by ancient Athenian ideals and the ways they contributed and advocated for themselves within democracy and society at large.
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In Conversation with Facing History and Ourselves: Descendent Stories as Historical Testimony
Thursday, November 18, 6-7pm EST

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
History teachers and their students find connection and inspiration from the voices of those who participated directly in the momentous events of the recent past. But the passage of time makes it harder to bring participants and survivors of events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement directly into our classrooms. Join Caren Osten Gerszberg, daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust surivors, and Spirit Trickey Tawfiq, daughter of Minnie Jean Brown Trickey, one of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they discuss the unique and valuable perspective descendent stories can add to the classroom.
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December

Dreams of Liberation: Trans Women's Activism in the Stonewall Era
Wednesday, December 1, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Engage with photographs, documents, and videos to learn more about the roles that trans women of color played in Stonewall and the rise of the LGBTQ+ movement that followed. 
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In Conversation with the Smithsonian
Thursday, December 2, 6-7pm EST

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
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Civics for the Classroom: Nation of Immigrants: A History of Immigration Laws
Wednesday, December 8, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Learn about laws passed by Congress that decided who can immigrate to the United States.
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In Conversation with Facing History and Ourselves: Identity, Memoir, and Storytelling
Thursday, December 9, 6-7pm EST

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Join Nicole Chung, author of the memoir All You Can Ever Know, for a discussion about growing up as a transracial adoptee and searching for the truth about herself and her Korean birth parents. Chung will explore how we construct our identities through the stories we are told and that we tell ourselves, as we seek an answer to the question, “Who am I?”

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Educator Activists
Wednesday, December 15, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Learn how women advocated for access to education in the 20th century by exploring resources from our Women & the American Story curriculum.
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