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.


History on Broadway, 2018 – 2019

History on Broadway encourages students to build critical thinking and media literacy skills by analyzing film and/or audio clips and song lyrics from musicals along with primary sources and secondary texts to inspire and deepen their understanding of American history. Students will consider the challenges people faced in the past and will assess the validity of the examined musical as an accurate historical source through role-playing and other creative exercises. Optional homework.

Ages 11–13
Students must be the age required for their specific class by the date of the first class.
Fridays from 1:30 – 3 pm
$150 per series, $700 if you book all five.

Series 1: Big River – Antebellum America
September 21 and 28, October 5, 12, and 26*
What was the experience of enslaved people prior to the Civil War? Join Huck Finn as he helps Jim to freedom and investigate the realities of slavery in the American South.

Series 2: Showboat – Reconstruction
November 2, 9, 16, and 30, December 7
What was life like in the period following the Civil War? Board the “Cotton Blossom” as it travels along the Mississippi River to explore the impacts of laws, racism, and poverty in the Jim Crow South.

Series 3: Fiorello! – Progressive Era
January 11, 18, 25, February 1 and 8
How did Fiorello LaGuardia transform New York City’s political landscape? Follow along on the future Mayor’s journey to free the city from corrupt politicians and champion for everyday citizens, who were themselves advocating for widespread change.

Series 4: Annie – Great Depression
February 22, March 1, 8, 15, and 22
How did ordinary families survive the Great Depression? Walk the streets of Roosevelt-era America and discover how Annie and other citizens responded to severe economic decline.

Series 5: South Pacific/This is the Army – WWII
April 20, May 4, 11, 18, and 25
How did the onset of World War II impact American lives at home and abroad? Explore the ways Americans rallied to support the war effort, including women and African Americans in ever-changing roles.

*Please note: Series 1 of History on Broadway will end on October 26, while Art of History and Voices of History end on October 19.

Please complete our Homeschool Academy inquiry form for questions and to begin the registration process. Thank you!

For questions and registration, contact or (212) 873-3400 ext. 367.

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