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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.


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Education programs are made possible through endowments established by
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hearst Foundations
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Public funds are provided by
Institute of Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Altman Foundation
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Sherri and Darren Cohen
Deutsche Bank
Onassis Foundation USA
Rice Family Foundation
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Sara Lee Schupf
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Lori and Mark Fife
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
GWG Foundation
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner
Henry Nias Foundation
an anonymous donor


Help us present groundbreaking exhibitions and develop educational programs about our nation's history for more than 200,000 schoolchildren annually.


In-School Outreach Series: Secondary Lessons

Each of these series takes students on a deep dive of American history topics or eras. Any of the lessons can be purchased individually or grouped together to form your own personalized lesson series.

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US History: European Colonization to the Civil War 
Students will gain a more nuanced understanding of early American history by investigating the experiences of all types of people living in the United States using objects, images and documents.

  • New York’s First People
  • Age of Exploration
  • New Amsterdam
  • British New York
  • The American Revolution in New York
  • New York, New Nation
  • Opening the American West
  • The Underground Railroad
  • New York and the Civil War

US History: Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement
Students will use multiple resources that highlight the ways people experienced and reacted to the major events of the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Reconstruction
  • Industrialization 
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Chinese Exclusion and Immigration
  • World War I
  • The Roaring 20’s
  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Civil Rights: March to Montgomery

Uncovering Black History 
Inspired by the landmark New-York Historical Society’s exhibit Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow students consider the importance of studying Black History as they investigate how Black Americans have fought to exercise their rights as citizens.

  • Underground Railroad
  • Reconstruction
  • Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
  • Civil Rights: March to Montgomery
  • Civil Rights: Deconstructing the Historiography
Creative: Tronvig Group