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! 


 

April

The Environmental Movement 
Wednesday, April 7, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Explore how to make past-present connections with students between environmental activism today and the Environmental Movement in the 1960s and 70s. 
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In Conversation: Black Artists, Black Activists in 20th-Century New York 
Thursday, April 8, 6-7 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
In the years following World War II, a dynamic group of Black artists used their talent to build community and fight for racial equality through education and creative expression—and their influence can still be felt today. Join Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellow in Women’s History Tracey Johnson as she discusses her fascinating research into the intersection of art and activism. 
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More than Molly Pitcher: Women and the American Revolution
Wednesday, April 14, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hour
Discover the myriad roles that women across race, class, and geographic region played during the American Revolution and consider how their contributions informed debates over freedom and civic participation in the early moments of the new nation. This workshop features a talk by Alex Myers, educator, transgender advocate, gender identity speaker, and author of Revolutionary.
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In Conversation with Facing History and Ourselves: Preventing Genocide—Why Now?
Thursday, April 15, 6-7pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Please join Facing History and Ourselves and human rights activist John Prendergast during Genocide Awareness month, as we explore the recent history of anti-genocide and anti-atrocity activism. Discuss genocide education in our classrooms, what our students need to know, and how young people can get involved in the struggle to prevent gencoide.
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Art and Culture in the Early Colonial Period
Wednesday, April 21, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Consider what early innovations in art, literature, and science can tell us about life across various North American colonies.
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In Conversation: Tracing the Roots of American Environmentalism
Thursday, April 22, 6-7 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
The roots of modern environmental activism can be traced back to mid-19th century concerns about industrialization, innovation, and economic growth. Join us as we talk with Dr. Marci Reaven, vice president for history exhibits at the New-York Historical Society, about her research for the now-virtual exhibition (and companion curriculum) Hudson Rising. Consider how the story of American environmentalism can be studied through the lens of a single body of water.
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Fighting Exclusion: Chinese Americans in the Early 20th Century 
Wednesday, April 28, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hour
Learn how xenophobic attitudes and legislation shaped the lives of Chinese Americans in the early 20th century and how they successfully resisted nativism and fought against stereotypes.  This workshop features a talk by Shirley J. Lim, Stony Brook University professor of history and author of Anna May Wong: Performing the Modern.
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In Conversation with the Smithsonian: ¡Pleibol!
Thursday, April 29, 6-7 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
When is baseball more than a game? Join Robin Morey, curatorial assistant at the National Museum of American History for a conversation about her work on ¡Pleibol: In the Barrios and in the Big Leagues, an upcoming exhibition that examines how baseball has been a social and cultural force within Latino and Latin American communities across the United States for over a century. More than just a game, baseball helps celebrate community, grants economic opportunities, and challenges prejudice.
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May

Consumer Culture and the Cold War Era
Wednesday, May 5, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Consider how government propaganda and social trends in 1950s America perpetuated suburban ideals and consumer culture, and the ways in which women resisted and engaged with the dominant post-war narrative using our Women & the American Story curriculum.  
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Arts Integration in the Virtual Classroom
Wednesday, May 12, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Discover new hands-on strategies for engaging students of all ages in the study of U.S. history through visual sources and hands-on art making activities from our Women & the American Story curriculum. 
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Abolition and Resistance in the Antebellum Era
Wednesday, May 19, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hour
Discover the stories and experiences of free and enslaved Black Americans in the North and South who were active agents in the fight for freedom. This workshop features a talk by Barbara Krauthamer, University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor of History, and co-author of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery.
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Women Soldiers and Nurses during the Civil War 
Wednesday, May 26, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Learn more about the variety of ways that women supported and contributed to the union and confederate efforts on the warfront. 
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In Conversation with the Smithsonian: Undocumented Organizing
Thursday, May 27, 6-7 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
How do we impact policy when we do not have access to citizenship? Join Patty Arteaga, curatorial assistant, and José Centeno-Melendez, oral historian, at the National Musuem of American History for a conversation about their work on Undocumented Organizing, a collecting initiative that documents the work of activists who are shaping policy outside the bounds of formal citizenship. Like the suffragists and civil right leaders who came before them, today's undocumented organizers and activists are shaping policy to create a more inclusive society.
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June

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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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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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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