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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High School: U.S. History and Government

Each session in the U.S. History and Government survey prompts students to dig deeper into the major events and eras of American history, with a particular focus on learning to read, analyze, and understand primary source documents. All sessions emphasize a diversity of historical actors and perspectives, allowing students to consider how history differs for different social, economic, gender, and racial groups.

The following menu of available topics can be booked in any way that best serves your students: as individual sessions to enrich a particular unit, as a weekly or monthly series that supports an entire year of study, or as an end of year review for students preparing to take the U.S. History and Government Regents Exam.

Founding a Nation: Colonization to Rebellion (1600s—1783)

  • New York’s First People
  • Life in New Amsterdam
  • British New York
  • The American Revolution in New York

Building a Nation: Conflict in Early America (1783—1865)

  • New York, New Nation
  • Opening the American West
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Underground Railroad
  • New York and the Civil War

Expanding a Nation: Rapid Postbellum Change (1865—1929)

  • Industrialization
  • Immigration
  • World War I
  • The Roaring Twenties

Challenging a Nation: Turmoil in the Twentieth Century (1929—1975)

  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Civil Rights
  • The Vietnam War
  • Culmination - A Visual Timeline

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