Presidential Scholars

Special Family Event
Presidential Scholars
Sun, February 23rd, 2020 |
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Presidential Scholars – Calling All Middle Schoolers!
Students age 11 - 14

Sundays: February 23, March 1, 8, and 15; 11 am–12:30 pm
Please note students must commit to all four classes.

$300 per student; $250 per Member; a limited number of scholarships are available.
Applications due January 31; click here to fill out application form


Is your middle schooler a history buff? In this four-session series, budding scholars join renowned presidential historians to engage in lively conversations on the challenges, accomplishments, and legacy of America's past leaders. In this spring’s Presidential Scholars, students dig into how presidents’ historical records hold up when compared to our popular conceptions about them. How has our understanding of their administrations changed? Scholars discuss George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, among others. 

At each session, a historian discusses their topic with students in a round-table conversation, answering questions and sharing primary sources. Time at the end of class will be allotted for a chat about the historian’s interests, studies, and profession. 

Students accepted into this program are intellectually curious, rigorous, and eager to dig deeper into essential American figures. Every student must attend all four dates; certificates of completion are awarded at the conclusion of the program, as well as signed copies of a book by each historian.


Presidential Scholars is part of New-York Historical’s Presidential Historical Commission, an institution-wide educational initiative exploring the role, powers, and responsibilities of the presidency. The Commission aims to survey, examine, and celebrate the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. presidency through objects from the first inauguration in 1789, historical documents about the presidency from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and New-York Historical’s collection, engaging conversations with historians and renowned public figures, family programs, and historical reenactors portraying U.S. presidents.

Creative: Tronvig Group