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.


THE ART OF HISTORY, 2018 – 2019

The Art of History is an innovative program that teaches New York and American history, art history, and the visual arts using tangible historical evidence from the vast collections of New York’s oldest museum. Students will hone their observation and descriptive skills as they create art projects to visually document their history learning.

Schedule and Requirements
Ages 7–10
Students must be the age required for their specific class by the date of the first class.
Fridays, 1:30 – 3 pm
$150 per series, $700 if you book all five

Series 1: Mapping My New York
September 21 and 28, October 5, 12, and 19
Learn how cartographers use visual symbols to convey important information about a place and how historians use maps to understand the past.
Art Activity: Printed maps that depict students’ boroughs or neighborhoods.

Series 2: Families Then & Now
November 2, 9, 16, and 30, December 7
Examine artifacts and images to learn about families in the part, including their clothing and jobs.
Art Activity: Then-and-now family portraits using watercolor pencil.

Series 3: Transportation Over Time
January 11, 18, and 25, February 1 and 8
Explore works of art from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries that demonstrate how and why transportation in New York has changed.
Art Activity: Mixed-media collage using shapes and forms to depict vehicles from long ago.

Series 4: Architecture in NYC
February 22, March 1, 8, 15, and 22
How did our modern skyline come to be? Compare buildings from New York City’s past to those in the city today and investigate how and why architecture has changed over time.
Art Activity: Three-dimensional, mixed-media structure that contributes to a class cityscape celebrating the diverse skyline

Series 5: New York’s Natural Environment
April 5, and 26, May 3, 10, and 17
Consider the Hudson River’s place as New York City’s most important waterway since the 19th century, and through social and environmental history, learn about challenges facing the Hudson River today and in the future.
Art Activity: TBD

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.

Creative: Tronvig Group