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.



Saturday Academy is a free, six-week program for students grades 8–12 who are excited to delve into American history and strengthen their test-taking skills. Participants can choose from SAT prep, review for the Advanced Placement U.S. History exam, and 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.

Get Involved!

Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academy will be offered at the New-York Historical Society in spring of 2019.


Courses offered during Fall 2017 Saturday Academy:

SAT Prep
Sasha Panaram and Kayla Coleman, SAT Tutors, New-York Historical Society
Participants in this course will feel confident and prepared to take the SAT exam after having had the opportunity to take two practice tests, receive free preparation materials, and develop test taking strategies.

Review for the AP United States History Exam
Bill Boyce, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Participants will develop both their U.S. History content knowledge as well as their ability to think historically while engaging with the rich collections of the New-York Historical Society’s Museum and Library and those of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Paul Swartz, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Participants will explore classical, colonial, and contemporary conceptions of citizenship, paying particular attention to our own American example. Through artworks, artifacts, and primary source texts, we will investigate the experiences of Jewish refugees in Dutch New Amsterdam, escaped slaves in the antebellum era, and Asian immigrants on the Western Frontier, among many others. We will look at the ways in which the sacred circle of citizenship has been expanded and talk about how some Americans were included and excluded from its orbit. We will focus not only on what makes a citizen – birthplace, blood, bureaucracy, - but on the rights and responsibilities that citizenship confers.

The Vietnam War
Doris Domoszlai, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Participants will learn about the significance of this controversial war and its continued impact on the American conscience at its 50th anniversary. Utilizing artifacts and documents from The Vietnam War exhibition along with multimedia primary sources, participants will explore the conflict from multiple perspectives. This includes the root causes of the conflict, the key political players and their ideologies, arguments in favor of and against the draft, pro- and anti-war propaganda strategies used on the home front, and the lasting legacies of the first televised war. 

*The SAT Prep classes are open only 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.

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