Education

Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.

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.

 

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
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
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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Join us for any of the interactive professional learning programs listed below to expand your content knowledge and enrich your use of primary sources in the classroom!

The New-York Historical Society is an NYSED-approved CTLE sponsor, and participation in workshops is applicable towards maintaining professional certification from the New York City Department of Education.

All “Pizza & PD” and “Think & Drink with a Historian” sessions are FREE to teachers whose students participate in our Social Studies Enrichment, Art of History, or History on Broadway programs.

For questions & registration, contact professional.learning@nyhistory.org or
212-873-3400 ext. 347.

November |December | January | February | March

 

NOVEMBER

Election Day
Settler Colonialism and the Revolution, 1692-1783

Tuesday, November 5, 8:30 am-3:00 pm
How did women’s lives evolve as English, French, and Spanish colonies in North America continued to grow? Explore our new Women & the American Story curriculum unit, Settler Colonialism and the Revolution, 1692-1783, and discover how women experienced colonization, resistance, and rebellion. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. NOTE: This workshop will take place at CUNY School of Professional Studies at 119 W 31st Street. $35 per person ($30 for members) SOLD OUT

Election Day
Confidence & Crises, 1920-1948

Tuesday, November 5, 8:30 am-3:00 pm
The years between 1920 and 1948 were full of dramatic shifts, and women of diverse backgrounds were at the center of these great changes. Engage with our new Women & the American Story curriculum unit, Confidence & Crises, 1920-1948, and discover how women navigated boom, bust, and war. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. NOTE: This workshop will take place at CUNY School of Professional Studies at 119 W 31st Street. $35 per person ($30 for members) SOLD OUT

Election Day
A Ballad for Harlem: 20th Century Harlem History and Place-Based Education with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Tuesday, November 5, 8:30 am-3:00 pm
Using Harlem as a case study for place-based education, dive into the archival collections of the Schomburg and New-York Historical in this interdisciplinary day. Join us as we examine the history of the neighborhood and the contributions of its residents from the Harlem Renaissance through today. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. NOTE: This workshop will take place at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here

Saturday Session
New York, Slavery, and the Civil War

Saturday, November 9, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
New York’s pro-southern, pro-slavery environment dramatically affected the lives of free and enslaved Black New Yorkers in the 19th century. Using materials from our New York Divided curriculum, explore how the clash of racial attitudes in New York influenced the abolition movement and responses to the Civil War. Pizza lunch will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Saturday Session
Race, Gender, and Cultural Identity in the Progressive Era with the Morgan Library
Saturday, November 9, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Join us at the Morgan Library for a special Saturday partnership program! Through classroom activities using our Women & the American Story curriculum and tours of the Morgan Library’s collections focusing on the institution’s first librarian Belle da Costa Greene, explore how race and cultural identity shaped the women of the Progressive Era. Lunch will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. NOTE: This workshop will take place at the Morgan Library at 225 Madison Avenue. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here

Pizza & PD
Panoramas: The Big Picture

Wednesday, November 13, 4:30-6:30 pm
Maps and panoramas can be powerful supports for students of varying learning styles. Tour our exhibition Panoramas: The Big Picture and study our collection of historic maps to learn how these sources tell stories that help students understand New York City then and now. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Saturday Session
LGBTQ+ History in the Social Studies Classroom

Saturday, November 16, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Using life stories of LGBTQ+ individuals, primary sources from our collections, and artifacts from our Stonewall 50 exhibition, discuss strategies for integrating LGBTQ+ histories into your social studies curriculum from the early colonial period through the present. Pizza lunch will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Pizza & PD
Life in the Early Republic

Wednesday, November 20, 4:30-6:30 pm
The Baroness Hyde De Neuville kept a visual diary that documented life in the Early Republic, a pivotal period of transition, in incredible detail. View her illuminating work and discuss its classroom application during a tour of Artist in Exile: The Visual Diary of Baroness Hyde De Neuville. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


DECEMBER

Special Workshop
Desegregation and Equity in Education with Facing History and Ourselves and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 

Tuesday, December 3, 8:30 am-3:00 pm
Presented in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, this full-day, educator workshop investigates the history of desegregation within the nation’s school systems. Through hands-on activities and a panel discussion with educators and historians, this workshop will offer new classroom-ready resources and discussion strategies to help build a more inclusive curriculum and use history to ground and inform conversations about community action for equity in education. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person ($30 for members) SOLD OUT

Saturday Session
Learning History with Images: Women in the Early Republic

Saturday, December 7, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Consider the lived experiences of women in the new United States. Study portraits and prints from our Saving Washington curriculum and tour the beautiful new exhibition Artist in Exile: The Visual Diary of Baroness Hyde De Neuville. Pizza lunch will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Special Workshop
Women and the Revolution with Mount Vernon

Tuesday, December 10, 8:30 am-3:00 pm
This full-day educator workshop will enrich our teaching of the American Revolution by exploring the experiences and contributions of the women who lived through it. Engage with primary source materials from the new unit of our Women & the American Story curriculum, tour N-YHS galleries, and hear from scholars and educators from Mount Vernon's George Washington Teacher Institute. Teachers will take home classroom-ready resources and strategies to help their students discover new voices often left out of the narrative of the Revolution. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Pizza & PD
Women and Settler Colonialism

Wednesday, December 11, 4:30-6:30 pm
Women played a critical role in the expansion and settlement of the colonies in 18th century North America. Using the newest unit of our Women & the American Story curriculum, discover women’s diverse impacts across nearly every aspect of daily colonial life. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Saturday Session
The Great Migration and Black Citizenship

Saturday, December 14, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Consider the many factors that contributed to the Great Migration in the early 20th century. Using materials from our Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow and Women & the American Story curricula, discuss life for Black Americans in the Jim Crow south and the new communities they built after migrating. Pizza lunch will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Pizza & PD
Teaching our Busy City with
Busytown
Tuesday, December 17, 4:30-6:30 pm
Our annual Holiday Express train exhibition has been reimagined to celebrate the 100th birthday of Busytown creator Richard Scarry! Tour the new installation featuring Busytown characters, interact with Busytown materials, and consider fun new strategies for using these materials to teach little learners about daily life in New York City. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


JANUARY

Pizza & PD
Nueva York

Wednesday, January 8, 4:30-6:30 pm
How did New York’s connections to Spain and Latin America shape the city over time? Using materials from our Nueva York: 1613-1945 curriculum, explore catalysts for immigration and the influences of the Spanish-speaking world on the arts and culture of New York City. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Saturday Session
Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion with Heather Lee

Saturday, January 11, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
How did questions of immigration and citizenship shape the Chinese American experience and the development of America as a nation? Through an interactive lecture from NYU Shanghai Professor Heather Lee and a hands-on workshop using materials from our Chinese America Exclusion/Inclusion curriculum, discover the culture and experiences of generations of Chinese immigrants in America. Pizza lunch will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Pizza & PD
Women and the Roaring 20s

Wednesday, January 15, 4:30-6:30 pm
For some, the 1920s enabled economic independence and creativity. For others it brought restrictions and fear. Women were often caught in the middle of this tension. Using Women & the American Story, dive into the complexities of the Roaring 20s. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Saturday Session
What is Segregation?

Saturday, January 18, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
How did New York City parents, teachers, and administrators think about school segregation in the mid-20th century? Use articles, speeches, and ephemera to understand how communities across the city fought for educational equity. Pizza lunch will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Pizza & PD
Exercising the Right: The People and the First Amendment

Wednesday, January 22, 4:30-6:30 pm
How has the First Amendment been interpreted by the U.S. government and American citizens throughout history? Through an exploration of primary source documents, discover the variety of ways that Americans have exercised these rights since the Bill of Rights was adopted. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours.
$15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

High School Chancellor’s Day
Settler Colonialism and the Revolution, 1692-1783

Monday, January 27, 8:30 am-3:00 pm
How did women’s lives evolve as English, French, and Spanish colonies in North America continued to grow? Explore our newest Women & the American Story curriculum unit, Settler Colonialism and the Revolution, 1692-1783, and discover how women experienced colonization, resistance, and rebellion. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here

High School Chancellor’s Day
Confidence & Crises, 1920-1948

Monday, January 27, 8:30 am-3:00 pm
The years between 1920 and 1948 were full of dramatic shifts, and women of diverse backgrounds were at the center of these great changes. Engage with our new Women & the American Story curriculum unit, Confidence & Crises, 1920-1948, and discover how women navigated boom, bust, and war. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here


FEBRUARY

Pizza & PD
Immigrant City

Wednesday, February 5, 4:30-6:30 pm
Explore new strategies and resources to breathe fresh life into New York’s immigration history. Tour our galleries and explore original documents, images, and objects that relate to the millions of diverse individuals emigrating to the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Pizza & PD
Learning History through Art: Silhouettes

Wednesday, February 12, 4:30-6:30 pm
Silhouettes evolved from a popular 19th century portrait technique to a powerful medium used by contemporary artists like Kara Walker and Béatrice Coron. Tour our exhibition In Profile: A Look at Silhouettes to learn how this unique art form has been used over time to explore and confront historical moments. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Saturday Session
Civil Rights in the 1930s and 40s

Saturday, February 15, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
The Great Depression and WWII had a tremendous impact on race relations and the fight for civil rights in the United States. In this hands-on workshop using the museum’s collections and materials from our Women & the American Story curriculum, explore the challenges of and strides made for civil rights amidst New Deal policies and war on many fronts. Pizza lunch will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Pizza & PD
The Art of Rock & Roll

Tuesday, February 25, 4:30-6:30 pm
Tour the exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution and explore the history behind the momentous cultural transformations of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s through art, rock memorabilia, photographs, and ephemera. Study concert posters and consider how this art form can be brought into the classroom. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Saturday Session
Understanding the Executive Branch

Saturday, February 29, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Visit our new presidential history gallery, which presents a series of presidential policy case studies as a way of unpacking the ever-changing role of the Executive branch in our nation’s history. Use primary sources to explore the progression of the powers of the president and discuss strategies for helping your students understand what those powers mean today. Pizza lunch will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here


MARCH

Saturday Session
Women and Citizenship

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
How has women’s citizenship changed throughout American history? Tour our exhibition Women March, and participate in hands-on classroom activities using our Women & the American Story curriculum to discuss women’s experiences from coverture to the 19th Amendment to the debates surrounding women’s rights today. Pizza lunch will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Pizza & PD
Lives Lost: War Memorials and Memory

Wednesday, March 11, 4:30-6:30 pm
Throughout American history, individuals and communities have sought to memorialize the lives of those lost to war. Visit our new exhibition on mourning jewelry, study resources from our curriculum library, and consider how commemoration changed from the Civil War through the Vietnam War. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Saturday Session
Music, Culture, and the Vietnam War

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
How can ephemera, music, and other pop culture artifacts help students understand what it was like to live in another age? Through a tour of our exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution and a close study of materials from our Vietnam War: 1945–1965 curriculum, examine how this pivotal era can be told through protest music, photographs, and art. Pizza lunch will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Pizza & PD
Gender and Citizenship after the 19th Amendment

Wednesday, March 25, 4:30-6:30 pm
The ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 represented a long-awaited victory, but it was only the beginning of the fight for full and equal citizenship for all American women. Tour our exhibition Women March and explore decades of watershed moments that contributed to women’s ever-growing participation in the economic, political, and cultural life of the nation. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

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