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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
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


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


These workshops are an excellent introduction to the New-York Historical Society’s approach to historic inquiry and an ideal place to start for those who have not worked with us before.

Objects Tell Stories
Learn how to bring artifacts into the classroom and engage students of all ages in the work of historians. Engage in a hands-on activity using historic “touch objects” of items from our collection, and discuss how to replicate this experience in your classroom using everyday objects.

Learning History with Images
Practice strategies for expanding your students’ understanding of history through visual inquiry. View original masterpieces from our Museum’s vast collection, and engage in a study of portraits, landscapes, and cityscapes that will unearth the stories hidden within the artwork.

The Past in Picture Books (K–5)
Practice techniques for combining picture books and primary sources to help students increase historical content knowledge, strengthen literacy skills, and build excitement for the past.

Deconstructing Documents (6–12)
Learn techniques to support students as they engage with challenging historical texts—a vital and sometimes frustrating part of learning history. Practice strategies for pulling apart complicated documents and making meaning of archaic language.

Charting the Past with Maps
Explore maps from the Dutch colonial period through the 20th century to track the growth of our city. Work with colleagues to create a map-based timeline of New York City history, and come away with strategies for strengthening your students’ map-reading and visual analysis skills.

The Art of History
Learn how to thoughtfully combine historic inquiry with the visual arts in your classroom. Inspired by our innovative Art of History school program, this workshop includes both the analysis of historic primary sources and a related hands-on art making activity.

Complete our Custom Professional Learning Request Form to get started, including requests for workshops on other topics, themes, or techniques.

Questions? Contact professional.learning@nyhistory.org or 212-873-3400 ext. 510.

Read descriptions for the Content Workshops.

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