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
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


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



In our commitment to support history education, we are currently offering FREE professional development for teachers online. One-hour interactive PD workshops take place every Wednesday at 5 pm ET. Think & Drink, an informal conversation between teachers and a guest scholar, happens every Thursday at 6 pm ET. We hope to see you online soon!



Art as Activism
Wednesday, December 2, 5-6pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Whether raising awareness or expressing diverse perspectives, art has been used as a powerful agent for change throughout U.S. history. Using materials and arts integration activities from our Women & the American Story and Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow curricula, discover how artists of the 20th century used their art as a form of activism. FREE!
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Think & Drink: In Conversation: The Census in the Making of America
Thursday, December 3, 6-7pm ET
Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Representative government depends on keeping an accurate count. Join us as we discuss the origins of the U.S. Census and its critical role in the development of the country with Michael Ryan, vice president and Sue Ann Weinberg director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library. FREE!
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Women & the American Story: Women in STEM
Wednesday, December 9, 5-6:30 pm ET

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hours
Despite today’s gender gap, women have long participated in the sciences. Learn about the critical contributions of women in STEM and the challenges they faced from the colonial era through the 20th century. By examining patents, photographs, documents, and more, discover female role models that will inspire today’s young women to pursue STEM interests. FREE!
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A Nation Divided: 1832-1877 – Women & the American Story New Unit Launch Event!
Saturday, December 12, 1-2 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Learn more about the experiences of women across race, age, and class on both sides of the Civil War, from the early debates over the expansion of slavery through the end of Reconstruction. Explore exciting materials in this new curriculum resource and develop new confidence for elevating women’s voices in your Civil War-era lessons!
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Growth and Turmoil: 1948-1977 – Women & the American Story New Unit Launch Event!
Saturday, December 12, 2:15-3:15 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Discover how women of diverse backgrounds contributed to and were shaped by an era of major social and cultural shifts, from the dawn of the Cold War through the National Women’s Conference and the battle over the Equal Rights Amendment. Participate in interactive activities and learn how to highlight the contributions of women during this critical period in American history!
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Women & the American Story: Coverture
Wednesday, December 16, 5-6 pm ET

Participants will receive 1 CTLE hour
Coverture, a legal principle brought to the American colonies as part of English common law, shaped women’s legal rights as well as societal expectations of their behavior—and still does today. Using our Women & the American Story curriculum, learn how women over the centuries have experienced and subverted the principles and vestiges of coverture. FREE!
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