Due to inclement weather, the Member Preview on Thursday, August 13, for our free, outdoor exhibition Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage you to reserve a ticket for a later date.

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.


These workshops are an introduction to our approach to historic inquiry and an ideal place to start for those who have not worked with us before.

All of these topics are available as online PD for teachers or as in-person session(s). 

Culturally Responsive Social Studies Instruction
Finding diverse resources is only the first step to creating a culturally responsive learning environment. Consider how inquiry-driven lessons, past-present connections, and other factors can create an inclusive classroom. 

Inquiry-Driven Social Studies in the Remote Classroom
History online learning can still be inquiry-based learning! Learn how we took our classes online and create opportunities for discussion and student-driven discovery even when we can’t be in the same room. 

Objects Tell Stories
Learn how to bring artifacts into the remote or in-person classroom and engage students of all ages in the work of historians. 

Learning History with Images
Discover strategies for expanding your students’ understanding of history through visual inquiry. 

The Past in Picture Books (K–5)
Practice techniques for combining picture books and primary sources to help students increase historical content knowledge, strengthen literacy skills, and build excitement for the past.

Deconstructing Documents (6–12)
Learn methods to support students as they engage with challenging historical texts—a vital and sometimes frustrating part of learning history. 

Charting the Past with Maps
Explore maps as historical resources that can strengthen your students’ critical thinking and Complete our Custom Professional Learning Request Form to get started, including requests for workshops on other topics, themes, or techniques.

Questions? Contact professional.learning@nyhistory.org or 212-873-3400 ext. 510.

Read descriptions for the Content Workshops.

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