Education

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
IBM
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
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
GWG Foundation
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner
Henry Nias Foundation
an anonymous donor

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Lesson Bundles | In Depth Enrichment | À la Carte

 

Lesson Bundles

Each of these short series takes students on a deep dive of American history topics or eras.

History of Activism (3rd–5th grade)

  • Activism in the American Revolution
  • Nueva York and Activism in Latin America
  • Underground Railroad and Black Liberation
  • Activism in the Civil War
  • Student Activism 

Westward Expansion (4th–5th grade)

  • Opening the American West
  • Manifest Destiny
  • On Indian Removal
  • Chinese Exclusion and the Gold Rush
  • Closing the West and the Transcontinental Railroad

Exploring Black History (2nd–5th grade)

  • Black History through Objects
  • Images of Black History
  • Mapping Black History
  • Documenting Black History
  • Harlem Renaissance

Diverse People of New York (K–1st grade)

  • New York’s First People
  • Meet a Family from the 1790s
  • Meet a Family from the 1860s
  • Meet a Family from the 1940s
  • Meet a Family from the 1980s 

Transportation (K–4th grade)

  • Transportation Then & Now
  • The Erie Canal
  • Building the Subway

Ready to learn more? Complete our booking form and a New-York Historical representative will be in touch shortly to discuss program details and payment options. 


 

In-Depth Enrichment

This nine session series delivers lessons to your students once a month, tracking with the NYC Scope and Sequence.

Kindergarten:

  • Objects Then and Now
  • Schools Then and Now
  • Portraits Then and Now
  • Clothing Then and Now
  • Play Then and Now
  • Jobs Then and Now
  • Cooking Then & Now
  • Transportation Then and Now
  • New York City Then and Now

1st Grade:

  • Meet a Family from the 1790s 
  • New York City in the 1790s
  • Meet a Family from the 1860s 
  • New York City in the 1860s
  • Meet a Family from the 1940s 
  • New York City in the 1940s
  • Meet a Family from the 1980s
  • New York City in the 1980s
  • NYC Then & Now

2nd Grade:

  • Learning History with Objects
  • Learning History with Images
  • Learning History with Maps
  • Rural or Urban
  • Mannahatta
  • Colonial New York
  • Erie Canal
  • Immigrant City
  • Building the subway

3rd Grade:

  • Objects Tell Stories
  • Urban Archaeology
  • Learning to Read Images
  • Learning History with Images
  • Learning to Read a Map
  • Learning History with Maps
  • Learning to Read a Document
  • Learning History with Documents
  • World’s Fair

4th Grade:

  • New York’s First People
  • Life in New Amsterdam
  • Life in British New York
  • Slavery in New York
  • The American Revolution in New York 
  • New York, New Nation
  • New York Divided—The Civil War
  • Immigration 
  • Chinese Exclusion 

5th grade

  • The Geography of New York
  • The Age of Exploration 
  • Cultural Encounters 
  • New Amsterdam/New York
  • The French and Indian War
  • Revolution!
  • Nueva York
  • Westward Ho!
  • Industrialization 

Ready to learn more? Complete our booking form and a New-York Historical representative will be in touch shortly to discuss program details and payment options. 


 

À la Carte Lessons

Any of the following lessons can be purchased individually or grouped together to form your own personalized lesson series.

Skill Building

  • Learning History with Objects
  • Learning to Read Images
  • Learning History with Images
  • Learning to Read Documents
  • Learning History with Documents
  • Learning to Read a Map
  • Learning History with Maps
  • Urban Archaeology

Then & Now

  • New York City Then & Now
  • School Then & Now
  • Jobs Then & Now
  • Transportation Then & Now
  • Clothing Then & Now
  • Cooking Then & Now
  • Toys Then & Now
  • Jobs Then & Now

Colonies to Revolution

  • New York’s First People
  • Life in New Amsterdam
  • Life in British New York
  • Pictures of a New Nation
  • Slavery in New York 
  • The American Revolution in New York

Expanding a Nation

  • New York, New Nation
  • Pictures of a New Nation
  • The Erie Canal
  • Westward Expansion
  • New York Divided: The Civil War
  • Immigration in New York
  • Chinese Exclusion/Inclusion 
  • Harlem Renaissance

Ready to learn more? Complete our booking form and a New-York Historical representative will be in touch shortly to discuss program details and payment options. 

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