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.



Explore history online with our educators! New-York Historical offers a bounty of live, remote lessons on topics ranging from colonial America to the Civil War and Reconstruction to World War II and the civil rights movement. In each online lesson, a New-York Historical Society educator conducts a lively and interactive conversation with students as they examine museum artifacts, paintings, documents, and virtual exhibitions. 

Students are invited to work collaboratively to find answers to history’s big questions, and in the process, they develop their critical thinking skills and expand their understanding of our collective past. Each series tracks with city and state social studies standards and will provide your students with a digital toolkit they can use to keep their studies going long after the series is completed. 

We offer lessons in three categories:

  • In-Depth Enrichment: One lesson a month for the entire school year
  • Bundles: A short series that takes a deeper dive into a specific topic
  • À la Carte: Lessons that can be purchased individually 

Is your school or class interested? Choose a level below to see a comprehensive list of topics. Then, complete our booking form and a New-York Historical representative will be in touch shortly to discuss program details and payment options.

Elementary Level Options

Secondary Level Options

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