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.


Application Information and Instructions


Complete applications must be filed by March 1, 2020. Late entries will not be considered. 
Application Details
The application includes several components:
  • Basic contact information, including your e-mail address, phone number, mailing address, institution name and address, years of teaching experience, etc. 
  • A resume in PDF form (five pages max). 
  • A letter of support from a current or past supervisor, colleague, or student. 
  • The names and e-mail addresses of three references who the selection committee may contact as part of this process. One of these references may be the same person who writes your letter of support. 
  • A short answer (150 words max) in response to the following prompt: What do you hope your students and/or school community will gain from your participation in this institute?
  • A brief essay (two pages double spaced max, in PDF form) in response to the following prompt: NEH Institutes are academically and scholarly rigorous experiences. Participating teachers will engage in readings, lectures, discussions, tours, and other experiences designed to push their understanding of American history and K-12 education. What qualifies you to be a part of this community?
  • A brief essay (two pages double spaced max, in PDF form) in response to the following prompt: There are many incredible NEH institutes offered each summer. Why do you want to attend this one?
For information about applicant eligibility and the selection process, visiting our About the Institute page.  
Application Instructions
Applications will be collected using this form. Applicants will be able to upload their resume and essay responses within the form. The form will automatically close at 11:59 pm on March 1. 
References should send their letter of support in a PDF via e-mail to by the application deadline above.
If you encounter any problems with our electronic form or have questions, please contact us at
Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age. For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. TDD: 202-606-8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).



“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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