Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.
GILDER-LEHRMAN SATURDAY ACADEMY (Spring 2019)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some courses that will be offered in Spring 2019:
Participants of this 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.
*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
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.
Some courses offered in the past:
Paul Swartz, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Participants explored classical, colonial, and contemporary ideas of citizenship, paying particular attention to our own American example. Students examined 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 investigated 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. The course not only focused on what makes someone a citizen – birthplace, blood, bureaucracy - but also the rights and responsibilities that citizenship grants a person.
The Vietnam War
Doris Domoszlai, Educator, New-York Historical Society
Participants learned 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 explored the conflict from multiple perspectives. This included 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.