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

Public funding provided by:
Institute for Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Important support provided by:
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Ford Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Altman Foundation
Deutsche Bank
The Pinkerton Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
The Keith Haring Foundation
The Bay and Paul Foundations
The Alice Lawrence Foundation
The Henry Nias Foundation
Fred and Joan Pittman


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


Hunter College/New-York Historical Society Gifted Education Scholars Program

Spend your summer earning a Gifted Education Certificate!

The Gifted and Talented Advanced Certificate Program is good for all teachers, not just gifted education teachers. Learn to recognize and understand giftedness in all children—including culturally diverse, socio-economically disadvantaged, and/or English Language Learning students—to better serve them. In our program, teachers learn how to differentiate curriculum and instruction and how to use alternative assessments to measure students' progress.

Participating teachers learn to work effectively with exceptionally capable learners and to take leadership roles in the field. With Dr. Elissa Brown, distinguished lecturer and director of the Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies, educators draw on the New-York Historical Society’s collections and curriculum library as they earn an advanced certificate in gifted education from Hunter College.

The program satisfies the New York State requirements for coursework and field hours for the Gifted Certificate Extension. This extension also requires NYS teacher certification and a passing score on the NYS Gifted Content Specialty Test.

Prospective students must be certified teachers currently working in a New York City Department of Education school. Accepted participants’ tuition is supported by the New-York Historical Society.

Scholars enroll in the following courses, earning 12 credits:

  • Understanding and Identifying Gifted Learners: Individual and Developmental Diversity
  • Differentiating Curriculum for Gifted and Talented Learners
  • Assessment and Instruction for Diversely Gifted Learners
  • Program Planning, Policy, and Leadership in Gifted Education

Classes are held from June through August at Hunter College, the Campus Schools, and the New-York Historical Society.

Applications for summer 2018 will be available from Hunter College beginning in January.  

For further information or to apply for this program, visit

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