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.



Invite a New-York Historical Society Educator into your classroom and bring the Social Studies curriculum to life! Your students will learn how to examine, analyze, and discuss replicas of artifacts, works of art, maps, and documents to gain a better understanding of their city and nation’s past so they can be active participants in creating a brighter future. By the end of the series, students will know how to do the work of historians, building critical thinking skills and deepening their content knowledge along the way.

These inquiry-driven programs support the Common Core State Standards and the New York State Learning Standards for Social Studies. The order of programs can be rearranged to fit your lesson timeline, and most programs can be scaled appropriately across all grades.

Sessions can be spaced monthly from October through June or can be scheduled according to your lesson timeline—including one-time visits on specific topics.

Each session is designed to last one class period (up to 60 minutes) and costs $120 for NYC schools and $150 for non-NYC schools per class, plus a small planning session fee. A minimum of two classes are required to participate.

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

Preview the guiding questions and lessons available for your grade level.

Pre-K: What was life like long ago?
Kindergarten: How does the past compare to the present?
First Grade: How have families and communities changed over time?
Second Grade: How did geography shape our city?
Third Grade: How do historians learn about the past?
Fourth Grade: How did New York become the city is it today?
Fifth Grade: How did New York help shape the history of North America?
Sixth Grade: Becoming a Historian
Seventh Grade: New York & North America, 1408-1865
Eighth Grade: New York & the Nation, 19th-20th Centuries
High School: U.S. History and Government


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