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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Project Directors

Mia Nagawiecki is Vice President for Education at New-York Historical, overseeing all the Education Division’s programming and projects for students and teachers. She has worked on the development of all N-YHS curriculum guides since 2009 and has led hundreds of workshops and institutes for K-12 educators. A frequent presenter at national social studies and history education conferences, Nagawiecki has designed and led credit-bearing courses for teachers in the NYC Department of Education as well as previous N-YHS NEH Summer Institutes.

Allyson Schettino is Associate Director of School Programs at N-YHS, overseeing all programming for K-12 student groups in the museum, NYC metropolitan-area classrooms, and more recently the department’s digital offerings for K-12 students. Schettino has developed and led hundreds of student programs for diverse learners across all grade bands since 2008. She authored two of N-YHS’s stand-alone curriculum guides (New World – New Netherland – New York and The Battle of Brooklyn) before becoming a lead writer for Women & the American Story.

Institute Faculty

Kathleen Brown is the David Boies Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a historian of gender and race in early America and the Atlantic World. Her book Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia won her the American Historical Association’s Dunning Prize. Hew second book, Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America, received the Organization of American Historians’ Lawrence Levine Book Prize for cultural history and the Society of the History of the Early American Republic Book Prize. Brown is the author of numerous articles and essays.

Laura Chmielewski is Associate Professor of History at Purchase College, State University of New York. Chmielewski’s work focuses on Atlantic World religious cultures and practices, as well as the French colonial new world and Catholicism in the colonial Americas. She is the author of The Spice of Popery: Converging Christianities on an Early American Frontier and Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet: Exploration, Encounter and the French New World. She co-authored The Atlantic Experience: Peoples, Places, Ideas with Catherine M. Armstrong and has written numerous essays, book chapters, and reviews.

Jeanne Gutierrez is Curatorial Scholar in Women’s History at New-York Historical. A doctoral candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center, Gutierrez has worked on many exhibitions for N-YHS’s Center for Women’s History including Saving Washington, Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes, and Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society. Gutierrez has also published articles in numerous publications.

Tracy Garrison-Feinberg is the institute’s Teacher Advisor. A New York City teacher, Garrison-Feinberg has a wealth of experience in the classroom at both the middle-school and high-school level. She has also developed and provided professional development training for secondary school educators. She was a participant in N-YHS’s 2019 American Women in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars NEH Institute and will draw from her own experience bringing Institute content into classroom teaching.

Jane Landers is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. Her work focuses on Colonial Latin America and the Atlantic World, specializing in the history of Africans and their descendants. She is the author of Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions, which received the Rembert Patrick Book Award. Her first book, Black Society in Spanish Florida was a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title and was awarded the Frances B. Simkins Prize for Distinguished First Book in Southern History. Landers also directs Vanderbilt’s Slave Societies Digital Archive which is preserving documents related to slavery in the Atlantic World.

Regan de Loggans is the Women & the American Story Project Assistant at New-York Historical and received an M.A. in Fashion and Textile Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Loggans conducts primary source research for the Women & the American Story units and collaborates with numerous museums around education in fashion history and culturally responsive teaching of Native American history. Loggans has led lectures and workshops at institutions around the country.

Susanah Romney is Assistant Professor of History at New York University. She works on Atlantic and Early Modern Dutch history, as well as Women’s and Gender History and Native American and Indigenous History. Her book New Netherland Connections: Intimate Networks and Atlantic Ties in Seventeenth-Century America explored women’s roles in Dutch trade networks and won the 2014 Book Prize from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. Her current work explores gender, settlement, and land claims in the seventeenth-century Dutch empire in North America, Guyana, South Africa, and Java.  

Geneva Smith is a PhD candidate in the Department of History & Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Smith is a former N-YHS Education Associate and Research Assistant whose work focuses on slavery, race, and the law in the early modern and colonial Atlantic World. She served as a contributing writer and editor on several New-York Historical curriculum projects and delivered numerous talks and presentations on topics connected to her research.  

 

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