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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The Art of History residency program integrates the study of history and art history with visual arts projects in your classroom, providing students with an authentic and creative outlet to learn about the past. By the end of this five-session residency, students will have created a work of art that reflects their newly acquired history knowledge and art-making skills.

This approach to learning history supports the Common Core Learning Standards and helps fulfill the visual arts requirements for ArtsCount. All residencies align to the NYC Social Studies Scope & Sequence, Passports to History, and Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts.

Residencies are taught by an experienced art educator and include art supplies and a teacher resource packet with vocabulary lists and suggested pre- and post-visit activities.

An Art of History residency costs $600 per class for schools within New York City and $750 per class for non-NYC schools, plus a small planning session fee. A class can have up to 30 students, and a classroom teacher must be present throughout the program. Each session is designed to fill one class period (up to 60 minutes). A minimum of two class periods are required to participate.

Learn more

Complete our booking form to start the scheduling process. A member of our Education Team will contact you to confirm program details, dates, and times.

Questions? Contact or 212-485-9293.


Planning Session
A New-York Historical Art Educator visits your school to meet with the participating teachers to introduce the program, review objectives, present suggested pre- and post-activities, and discuss art-making logistics.

Session 1
Students examine primary sources—including artifacts, documents, and images—in small groups to learn about a particular topic in New York and American history.

Session 2
Students analyze works of art from the period to discover how they reflect historical themes from Session 1. They discuss techniques and artistic principles and participate in a hands-on exploration of a particular art medium to become familiar with its properties.

Sessions 3 & 4
Students make art projects employing what they learned about history and art techniques in previous sessions.

Session 5
Students reflect upon what they learned about the topic in history and how their finished projects demonstrate those understandings through reflective writing and class discussion.

Explore the residency topics available for your students.

Complete our booking form to start the scheduling process.

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