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 the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
The Achelis and Bodman Foundation
The Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund
Acorn Hill Foundation
Altman Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
Best Buy
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Con Edison
Deutsche Bank
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Mark and Lori Fife
Henry Nias Foundation
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Keith Haring Foundation
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Caroline Lowndes Foundation
Ann Lozman
Dan W. Lufkin
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Sandra and Lowell Mintz
Consulate General of the Netherlands
New York Community Trust
Onassis Foundation USA
Heidi and Richard Ong
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
The Pinkerton Foundation
Jean Reid
Denice Rein
Richard Reiss
Rice Family Foundation
Sara Lee Schupf
The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts
Robie Spector
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Thompson Family Foundation
Tiger Baron Foundation
The Waterfall Family Foundation
Rachael Wells 
Winston Foundation
Marie and John Zimmermann Fund


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


Virtual Outreach Series: Secondary Lessons

Each of these series takes students on a deep dive of American history topics or eras. Any of the lessons can be purchased individually or grouped together to form your own personalized lesson series.

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US History: European Colonization to the Civil War 
Students will gain a more nuanced understanding of early American history by investigating the experiences of all types of people living in the United States using objects, images and documents.

  • New York’s First People
  • Age of Exploration
  • New Amsterdam
  • British New York
  • The American Revolution in New York
  • New York, New Nation
  • Opening the American West
  • The Underground Railroad
  • New York and the Civil War

US History: Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement
Students will use multiple resources that highlight the ways people experienced and reacted to the major events of the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Reconstruction
  • Industrialization 
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Chinese Exclusion and Immigration
  • World War I
  • The Roaring 20’s
  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Civil Rights: March to Montgomery

Uncovering Black History 
Inspired by the landmark New-York Historical Society’s exhibit Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow students consider the importance of studying Black History as they investigate how Black Americans have fought to exercise their rights as citizens.

  • Underground Railroad
  • Reconstruction
  • Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
  • Civil Rights: March to Montgomery
  • Civil Rights: Deconstructing the Historiography

The Long Road to Women’s Suffrage 
Students will trace the long fight for women’s suffrage and equality in the United States using resources from the New-York Historical Society’s Women & the American Story curriculum.

  • Early Republic 
  • Beyond Seneca Falls
  • 19th Amendment 
  • The Fight for Equality 

History of Activism in the United States
In this series students are asked to think about how and why people protest. For this series you can pick as many lessons as fit your classroom needs.

  • AAPI Activism 
  • Latinx Protest Art 
  • Anti-slavery Protest 
  • Indigenous Activism 
  • LGBTQ+ Activism 
  • The Black Arts Movement
  • Youth Activism 
  • Equal Rights Amendment 
  • Disability Rights Activism
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