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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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First Grade: How have families and communities changed over time?

After two skill-building sessions that teach students how to learn about the past by studying objects and works of art, students will embark on a journey through three centuries of New York City history.

They will meet three families—the Beekman Family of the 1760s, the Lyons Family of the 1860s, and the Harris Family of the 1940s—and work in small groups examining primary sources to learn what life was like for each family at home and in their community at large. At the end of the series, students will make a book that demonstrates what they learned about how families and communities change over time.

  • Session 1: Learning History with Objects
  • Session 2: Learning History with Images
  • Session 3: 18th-century Families
  • Session 4: 18th-century Communities
  • Session 5: 19th-century Families
  • Session 6: 19th-century Communities
  • Session 7: 20th-century Families
  • Session 8: 20th-century Communities
  • Session 9: Culmination – Change Over Time

The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems
We are delighted to offer a one-off program that brings Mo Willems’ creative genius straight to your classroom! Our innovative and hands-on program will take your students’ love of all-things-Mo to the next level by teaching them how the simplest shapes and lines can convey robust characters, emotive stories, and much more!

Complete our booking form for more information or to start the scheduling process.

Creative: Tronvig Group