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
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


Help us present groundbreaking exhibitions and develop educational programs about our nation's history for more than 200,000 schoolchildren annually.



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! 


Lesbian and Trans Activists of the 20th Century 
Wednesday, June 2, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Learn about lesbian and trans activists and consider how individuals and groups like Marsha P. Johnson and the Furies fought for equality within and on the outskirts of the gay liberation and feminist movements.
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In Conversation: Dreaming Together with Dr. Wendy Ikemoto
Thursday, June 3, 6-7pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Join us as we talk with one of In Conversation's most popular guests, Dr. Wendy Ikemoto, curator of American art at the New-York Historical Society. Check in with Dr. Ikemoto about the successful exhibition, Dreaming Together, and discuss the efforts she made to add new pieces in response to current events, including the Black Lives Matter movement and the rise of anti-AAPI violence.
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Seneca Village
Wednesday, June 9, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Using materials from our Seneca Village curriculum and online collections, learn about the 19th-century settlement of predominantly free Black landowners who were displaced by the construction of Central Park.
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In Conversation: Safe/Haven: Gay Life in 1950s Cherry Grove
Thursday, June 10, 6-7pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Celebrate Pride Month as we talk with Rebecca Klassen, associate curator of material culture at the New-York Historical Society and coordinator of the new photography exhibition Safe/Haven: Gay Life in 1950s Cherry Grove. Learn how this secluded beach town on Fire Island provided gay men and women with a welcoming space for exploration and self-expression in the years before Stonewall—and find out how you can visit this outdoor exhibition for free all summer long!
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Activism and Intersectionality in the 1960s and 1970s
Wednesday, June 16, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hour
Discover individuals and groups of women who pushed back against sexism and created space for women within various grassroots movements of the 1960s and 1970s. This workshop features a talk by Mary Phillips, CUNY Lehman College Professor of African and African American Studies, co-creator of the Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project, and author of the forthcoming Sister Love: Ericka Huggins, Spiritual Activism, and the Black Panther Party.
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In Conversation with the Smithsonian: Unseen Labor in the Beauty Game
Thursday, June 17, 6-7pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
How much work goes into being a professional makeup artist on a television set? What does it mean to be in TV shape? Join Crystal Moten, curator at the National Museum of American History, for a conversation about the unseen labor that goes into working as a makeup artist and the depth of work that goes into being a person of color on set through the prism of makeup and beauty, highlighting creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
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Student and Youth-Led Activism 
Wednesday, July 14, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hours
In the past year, students have witnessed and participated in the growth of social justice activism across the country. Through an exploration of New-York Historical’s Women & the American Story curriculum materials, and the Chicago History Museum’s Facing Freedom in America online exhibition and resources, discuss ways to empower students to take informed action by studying activists of the past.
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In Conversation: Teaching Current Events with an Eye on the Past
Thursday, July 15, 6-7 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
How can teachers keep up with the myriad of challenging news stories confronting them—and their students—every day? Join us as we talk with Laura Tavares, Program Director for Organizational Learning and Thought Leadership at Facing History and Ourselves, about her work connecting history, civics, and present-day issues and Facing History’s ever-growing collection of current event resources.
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Abolition as a Black-Led Movement 
Wednesday, July 21, 5-6:30pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hours
How do we ground discussions of abolition in their historical context to better understand what liberation means today? Using New-York Historical's Women & the American Story curriculum and resources from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s archives and exhibition Subversion & The Art of Slavery Abolition, consider how to center the experiences of Black Americans in your conversations about abolition, then and now.
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Education, Wellness, and Nature: STEM and Arts Integration 
Wednesday, July 28, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hours
In difficult times, how can teachers give themselves and their students the space to slow down, process, and reflect? Through an exploration of resources and art activities from New-York Historical's Women & the American Story curriculum, and the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Garden’s online resources for teaching and learning, discover ways to access historical content and wellness strategies through STEM and arts integration. This session includes a hands-on art making component! Anyone is welcome to attend, but if you’d like to do the art activity, stay tuned for a brief materials list.
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Women & the American Story: From the Collections to the Classroom  
Wednesday, August 4, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hour
Dive into New-York Historical's Women & the American Story (WAMS) digital curriculum and  get a sneak peak at the two units launching this fall: Building a New Nation (1783-1828) and Industry and Empire (1866-1898). Hear from several members of the WAMS team as they reflect on our process, from research and development to final launch, and explore ways to bring more women’s voices into your classroom in the new school year.
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Teaching 9/11: History, Memory, and Legacy
Tuesday, August 31, 4-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours
In this special event for teachers co-hosted by New-York Historical and Facing History and Ourselves, participants learn how to combine New-York Historical’s collections and Facing History’s resources on trauma and resiliency to create reflective and responsive lessons around the 20th anniversary of 9/11. This event will also include a moderated conversation with Dr. Kenneth Jackson, who founded New-York Historical’s History Responds initiative in the immediate wake of the attacks, and space for teachers to reflect on the personal challenges they may face in talking about this event.
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