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.


Housing in New York City can be expensive, particularly in the summer. Should Summer Scholars choose to stay in participant housing, they will be housed in a local university dormitory or hotel where rates will be approximately $90-$150/night. Summer scholars are welcome to make their own housing arrangements should they prefer. More detailed information will be posted shortly.

Logistics and Academic Resources:
American Women, American Citizens will harness the power of New-York Historical’s collections, exhibitions, installations, education materials, and vibrant community of scholars to provide Summer Scholars with a rigorous and focused training ground for expanded content and pedagogical knowledge. Founded in 1804 as one of the country’s first collections-based educational institutions, N-YHS is New York’s oldest museum and a nationally renowned research library. As such, it became the natural home for priceless objects, images, works of art, documents, manuscripts, and more pertaining to America’s past.

Summer Scholars will have VIP access to the New-York Historical Society’s research library and museum collections. During the Institute, the library will be open for research Tuesday–Saturday, 10am-4:45pm. Additionally, the library and the museum have a wealth of digitized collections that can be accessed online from any location.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops. The library has a limited number of public computers Summer Scholars can take advantage of during library hours. A small number of laptops may be available for check out by Summer Scholars. Participants will have access to the institute classroom from 8:30am-5:00pm each day, which includes free wifi and printing.

Participants will receive copies of all books and articles on the reading list, a course pack of primary sources recommended by the faculty, and relevant curriculum materials from past New-York Historical Society exhibitions.

At the conclusion of the Institute, participants who attend all sessions and complete all assignments will receive a certificate of completion along with a detailed letter outlining the syllabus and participants’ responsibilities, which may assist in pursuing continuing education credits in your home district or state.  


“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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