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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Housing in New York City can be expensive, particularly in the summer. Summer Scholars will be housed in a local university dormitory or hotel, or are welcome to make their own arrangements. Rates will be approximately $100-$200/night. More detailed information will be posted shortly.Logistics and Academic Resources

American Women in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars will harness the power of New-York Historical’s collections, exhibitions, installations, education materials, and vibrant community of scholars to provide Summer Scholars with a rigorous and focused training ground for expanded content and pedagogical knowledge. Founded in 1804 as one of the country’s first collections-based educational institutions, N-YHS is New York's oldest museum and a nationally-renowned research library. As such, it became the natural home for priceless objects, images, works of art, documents, manuscripts, and more pertaining to the American Revolution and Civil War eras in particular.

NEH Summer Scholars will have VIP access to the New-York Historical Society’s research library and museum collections. During the Institute, the library will be open for research Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00-4:45. Additionally, the library and the museum have a wealth of digitized collections that can be accessed online from any location.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops. The library has a limited number of public computers Summer Scholars can take advantage of during library hours. A small number of laptops may be available for check out by Summer Scholars. Participants will have access to the institute classroom from 8:30-5:00 each day, which includes free wifi and printing.

Participants will receive copies of all books on the reading list, a course pack of primary sources recommended by the faculty, and relevant curriculum materials from past New-York Historical Society exhibitions.

At the conclusion of the Institute, participants who attend all sessions and complete all assignments will receive a certificate of completion along with a detailed letter outlining the syllabus and participants’ responsibilities, which may assist in pursuing continuing education credits in your home district or state.

“Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

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