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


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Schedule and Assignments

This is a hybrid institute, which includes a two-week residential component at the New-York Historical Society in New York City and a series of virtual sessions on Zoom from September 2022 through January 2023. Participants must commit to participating in all sessions, in-person and online.

The goal of this structure is to provide ongoing support to participants once the summer session ends and allow the cohort to continue growing and learning together as participants take this new content back into their classrooms. This format will also allow participants extended time to complete and implement their projects, receiving feedback from colleagues and project staff over the course of several months. This is a unique and new approach to NEH institutes, and one that we are very excited to lead!  

Please click here to view the current version of the institute schedule. 
Required Final Project
As a culminating project, participants will create and implement a product that connects their students, colleagues, and/or education network to the themes and content of the Institute. This product may take many forms – a series of lessons, a teacher workshop, a project-based learning experience, a new women’s history club or elective, a series of blog entries or podcasts, etc. During the summer, participants will have dedicated work time to develop an action plan with guidance from project staff. Participants will be required to implement their plan during the fall semester. Fall virtual sessions will be used to not only explore new content, but also provide small group planning time so that teachers can share progress and troubleshoot roadblocks. During the January session, participants will present the final outcomes of their efforts and share ideas for next steps. 
Optional Extended Dissemination Project
At the conclusion of the Institute in January 2023, a small group of 4-7 participants will be invited to extend their involvement as part of an extended dissemination effort sponsored by the NEH grant. These participants will receive an additional stipend and contribute to the creation of lesson plans, videos, and curriculum materials that will live on New-York Historical Society’s Women & the American Story curriculum website. They will work with curriculum developers, video producers, and other public history professionals to bring the content of the Institute into classrooms in all 50 states. These participants may also be invited to co-present with the project directors at national conferences to further extend the Institute’s reach. 
Reading List
All readings will be sent to participants in advance of the Institute. Each guest faculty member will assign one chapter/article to read in preparation for their session. Participants will be encouraged to refer to the readings while in conversation with faculty. Additional chapters and articles may be suggested—but not required—by visiting faculty. The complete reading list will be posted in early 2022 so that those applicants who receive an offer can review it while making their final decision. 
Curriculum Materials
In addition to assigned readings, participants will also use and receive New-York Historical Society curriculum materials in pedagogy sessions. 


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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