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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Saturday Academy is a free, six-week program for students from grades 8–12 who love American history and are looking to strengthen their test-taking skills. Participants can choose from SAT prep course, an extensive review for the Advanced Placement U.S. History exam, and other hands-on history courses that draw on the New-York Historical Society’s collections.

This program is supported by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Upcoming Program Dates: Saturdays, February 23rd – April 14, 2019, 10 am – 1 pm


  • Saturday, February 23rd (SAT Prep Only) 
  • Saturday, March 2nd (All programs)
  • Saturday, March 9th (All programs)
  • Saturday, March 16th (All programs)
  • Saturday, March 27th (All programs)
  • Saturday, April 6th (All programs)
  • Sunday, April 14th (SAT Prep Only)

Registration opens on January 8, 2019.

The courses that will be offered in Spring 2019:

SAT Prep*
Participants of this eight-week course have the opportunity to prepare for the SAT exam with certified SAT tutors who will help their students develop different strategies and improve test taking abilities through various practice tests and step-by-step instruction. Students will also receive free preparation materials to use at home and during the course. This program will begin on February 23rd with a practice test and culminate on April 14th with another practice test, just in time for the May 4th SAT Test.

*The SAT Prep classes are only open to students currently enrolled in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Students who register for the SAT Prep class must also register for a history class of their choosing. Requests to enroll only in SAT Prep will not be approved.

Review for the AP United States History Exam
William Boyce, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Participants will enhance both their knowledge of U.S. History and their ability to think contextually about important events and people as well as explore the rich collections of the New-York Historical Society’s Museum and Library and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.

Hsien-wen Tan, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Participants will explore classical, colonial, and contemporary ideas of citizenship, paying particular attention to our own American example. Students are to examine the ways in which U.S. citizenship has been expanded and the ever-changing reasons some are included and excluded from it. Through artwork, artifacts, and primary source texts, students will investigate the experiences of Black Americans after the Civil War and Asian immigrants on the Western Frontier, among many others. The course will not only focus on what makes someone a citizen – birthplace, blood, bureaucracy - but also the rights and responsibilities that citizenship grants a person.

Hudson Rising
Pamela Cooper Chenkin, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Participants will explore the geographic and human history of the Hudson-Mohawk watershed through works of the artists of the Hudson River School as well as through maps and other documents. The story begins with the impact of industrialization, exploiting the natural resources and bringing commerce and manufacturing to the lowlands. While the working class was drawn to the factories, the upper class built vacation lodges in the Adirondack Mountains, where the threat to the wilderness was identified as early as 1864. Environmental activism resulted in legislation that created Adirondack Park and Palisades Interstate Park. The tradition of public involvement continues into the twenty-first century, resulting in the protection of river water quality and the maintenance of estuarine integrity.

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More information about future courses, applications, and important dates will be posted as we reach closer to the Spring of 2019. To get updates and not get left behind, please join our mailing list! Send any and all questions and inquiries about the Saturday Academy programs to



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