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Institute for Constitutional History

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.



Over the past twenty-five years, American constitutional history has been de-emphasized in favor of "trendier" subjects at the nation's universities and colleges. As historian Gordon Wood has noted, "most universities have long since given up teaching undergraduate courses in American constitutional history, and most of those few remaining professors who do teach it are retiring and not being replaced with constitutional scholars” (New York Review of Books, February 23, 2006). Fewer college students than ever are studying the important role the Constitution has played in shaping American society. One result is a distressing level of constitutional ignorance among all American citizens.

The Institute for Constitutional History was created to address this crisis. By helping to prepare young scholars and teachers, and by providing new resources to current faculty members in all relevant disciplines, the Institute seeks to make the study of the Constitution a regular and vibrant part of both the liberal arts curriculum and public life. The Institute promotes an inclusive, non-partisan approach to interpreting the Constitution and provides opportunities for scholars to develop and publish interdisciplinary research. Though based in New York City, we serve scholars, educators and students across the country.

The Institute received pilot funding from the Supreme Court Historical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a “We the People” Challenge Grant for the Institute that has allowed the New-York Historical Society to establish a $2.2 million endowment.

Your support of this crucial initiative will have a direct impact on important research and teaching and will further the mission of the Institute to increase the influence of research on the Constitution and American society. Contributions to the Institute for Constitutional History are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Checks should be made payable to The New-York Historical Society. Please indicate on the check that your contribution is intended to benefit the Institute for Constitutional History.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Morgan, Director of Institutional Giving, at (212) 485-9277 or



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The Institute for Constitutional History is supported, in part, by a
"We the People" challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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