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 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.


Out of an abundance of caution, the New-York Historical Society has cancelled all in-person school programs through April 30. To serve our learning community during this challenging time, we are developing a suite of free online history courses for students of all grade levels. If you would like to receive updates about our rollout of Digital Learning programs, sign up for our Digital Learning mailing list.


Bring the Museum experience to your school! In every Social Studies Enrichment series, a New-York Historical Society Educator brings replicas of museum artifacts, paintings, and documents into your classroom. Students are invited to work collaboratively to find answers to history’s big questions. In the process, they develop their critical and historical thinking skills and expand their understanding of our collective past. Each series tracks with city and state social studies standards and culminates in a project that allows your students to reflect on what they have learned over the year.

Each lesson is written to last one class period, up to an hour. For New York City schools, a minimum of two programs per day is required to book; for schools outside the five boroughs the minimum is three programs per day. Each program costs $120/class for NYC schools or $150/class for schools outside the five boroughs.

For four or more programs, a $120 planning session is added for each grade participating in the series, and an educator will come to your school to set dates and review content with participating teachers.

Not ready to book an entire series? Any of our Social Studies Enrichment lessons can be booked individually!

Complete our booking form to start the scheduling process. A member of the Education Team will contact you to confirm your program details.

Pre-K: What was life like long ago?
Kindergarten: How does the past compare to the present?
First Grade: How have families and communities changed over time?
Second Grade: How did geography shape our city?
Third Grade: How do historians learn about the past?
Fourth Grade: How did New York become the city is it today?
Fifth Grade: How did New York help shape the history of the Americas?
Sixth Grade: Becoming a Historian
Seventh Grade: New York & North America, 1408-1865
Eighth Grade: New York & the Nation, 19th-20th Centuries
High School: United States History

Not seeing the exact topic you were hoping for? We have lessons that cover nearly every topic in the U.S. history survey. You are welcome to substitute any of the lessons below into an enrichment series, or book them as single visits for your students. Our educators can deftly scaffold any lesson to meet the needs of your students.

Founding a Nation: Colonization to Rebellion (1600s—1783)

  • New York’s First People
  • Life in New Amsterdam
  • British New York
  • The American Revolution in New York

Building a Nation: Conflict in Early America (1783—1865)

  • New York, New Nation
  • Opening the American West
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Underground Railroad
  • New York and the Civil War

Expanding a Nation: Rapid Postbellum Change (1865—1929)

  • Reconstruction
  • Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
  • Industrialization
  • Immigration: Chinese Exclusion
  • Immigration and NYC
  • World War I
  • The Roaring Twenties

Challenging a Nation: Turmoil in the Twentieth Century (1929—1975)

  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Civil Rights
  • The Vietnam War

Want to learn more about the effectiveness of our outreach programs? 
Download Enrichment Program Evaluation

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