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
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
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.


Leslie Hayes has nearly fifteen years of experience working in the museum and history education fields. As Director of Education at the New-York Historical Society, she manages operations of the Education Division, with a specific emphasis on teacher professional development, curriculum development, and special projects. Leslie serves as a curriculum writer for the Women & the American Story project. She wrote the Modernizing America: 1889-1920 and Confidence and Crises: 1920-1948 units and is currently researching the Growth and Turmoil: 1948-1973 unit for launch in November 2020. Leslie has led hundreds of hours of professional development for thousands of teachers at the New-York Historical Society. She created content for the New York City Department of Education’s Civics for All and Unheard Voices projects and regularly consults on Social Studies professional development best practices with school administrators regionally and nationally.

Prior to joining the New-York Historical Society, Leslie led student and teacher programming at Brooklyn Public Library and the South Street Seaport Museum. She completed two terms as a board member for the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable and has presented at numerous national and regional conferences, including the National Council for Social Studies annual conference. Leslie holds an MPA in non-profit management from New York University, an MPhil in History from Cambridge University, and a BA in History and English from the Pennyslvania State University.

Nick Juravich is the lead scholar on the Institute and an Assistant Professor of History and Labor Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Labor Resource Center. Juravich holds a B.A. in History from the University of Chicago, an MPhil in Economic and Social History from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in History from Columbia University. His research interests include labor history, public history, urban history, the history of education, and the history of social movements in the twentieth-century United States. His first book, The Work of Education: Community-Based Educators in Schools, Freedom Struggles, and the Labor Movement explores paraprofessional educators and their struggles for jobs and freedom in urban public schools.

Juravich previously served as the Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society, where he curated the exhibition Ladies’ Garments, Women’s Work, Women’s Activism and co-developed a series of professional development workshops for educators on school segregation and movements for educational equality in New York City alongside Leslie Hayes. In addition to his research and teaching, Juravich contributes to several ongoing projects including the Women & the American Story curriculum guide at New-York Historical Society.


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