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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.



Westward Expansion: Oklahoma! (grades 6-12)
Compare the idealized American West depicted in the songs “The Farmer and the Cowman,” “Oklahoma!”, and “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” to the reality of the intense struggle between ranchers, farmers, and Native communities. 

The Progressive Era: Fiorello! (grades 6-12)
Examine the failures and triumphs of Progressive Era New York City through the songs “On the Side of Angels,” “Management’s Unfair”, “Little Tin Box,” and “The Names LaGuardia,” and then consider how political messages are spread to the voting population.

The Great Depression: Annie (grades 6-12)
Analyze the songs “We’d Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover” and “Tomorrow” to discover how the economic trends of the 1920s contributed to the Great Depression, and consider the ways radio plays were critical to maintaining American morale.

World War II: On the Town and This Is the Army (grades 6-12)
Explore the experience of WWII Navy men using the song “New York, New York” and then consider how African Americans responded to discrimination in the military and on the home front with “That’s What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear”

Puerto Rican Migration: West Side Story (grades 6-12)
Explore the perspective of Puerto Rican migrants to New York using the songs “Prologue” and “America,” and then investigate the impact of urban renewal on young people and their neighborhoods.

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