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.


Project Co-Directors

Leslie Hayes is Vice President for Education at New-York Historical Society, where she leads a department that serves hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, and interns each year. For nearly seven years, Hayed led the professional development offerings at New-York Historical and continues to contribute to the department’s teacher training initiatives. She is the project director for Women & the American Story and served as the curriculum writer for Growth and Turmoil: 1948-1977, which is the unit at the center of this Institute. Hayes has led hundreds of workshops for thousands of K-12 educators, including multiple week-long courses. She served as co-director with Nick Juravich for the 2020 American Women, American Citizens: 1920-1948 NEH Institute. She regularly presents at conferences, with a focus on supporting teachers interested in bringing women’s history into their classrooms. She will be responsible for the pedagogical aspects of the Institute, including the integration of scholarship in teacher’s practice, pedagogy workshops, and final projects.

Nick Juravich is Assistant Professor of History and Labor Studies and the Associate Director of the Labor Resource Center at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a former Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Women's History at New-York Historical Society. Dr. Juravich received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2017, where his dissertation won the Herbert Gutman Dissertation Prize from the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the Claude A. Eggertsen Dissertation Award from the History of Education Society. His first book, The Work of Education: Community-Based Educators in Schools, Freedom Struggles, and the Labor Movement is forthcoming from University of Illinois Press. Dr. Juravich's essays and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Urban History, The Canadian Journal of History, Labor: Working-Class Histories of the Americas, Radical Teacher, The Nation, and Dissent. In 2020, he served as a co-director of the American Women, American Citizens: 1920-1948 NEH institute. Dr. Juravich will serve as the primary contact for all guest faculty, the moderator for all scholar conversations and reading discussions, and the Institute content specialist. 

Guest Faculty

July Sessions

Elaine Tyler May is Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota and author of Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era. She will discuss the experiences of women in the immediate post-war period.

Premilla Nadasen is Professor of History at Barnard College and author of Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women who Built a Movement. She will discuss grassroots organizing among Black domestic workers.

Virginia Sánchez Korrol is Professor Emerita of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College. She will discuss the work of Puerto Rican grassroots organizers in the 1960s.

Ashley Farmer is Assistant Professor of African and American Diaspora Studies and History at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed at Era. She will discuss how Black women participated in civil rights activism.

Johanna Fernández is Associate Professor of History at Baruch College and author of The Young Lords: A Radical History. She will discuss women’s leadership in the Young Lords and their fight for equality within the movement.

Shola Lynch is an award-winning filmmaker and director of the film Chisholm ‘72: Unbought and Unbossed. She will participate in a Q&A session following the screening of her film. 

Kirsten Swinth is Professor of History at Fordham University, author of Feminism’s Forgotten Fight: The Unfinished Struggle for Work and Family, and the scholar advisor on Growth and Turmoil: 1948-1970. She will discuss the women’s movement.

Jay Toole is a queer activist and Stonewall Survivor. She will lead a walking tour of Queer Greenwich Village on behalf of Social Justice Tours.

Robyn Spencer, Associate Professor of History at Lehman College and author of The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party, will be in conversation with Mary Phillips, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Lehman College and author of the forthcoming Sister Love: Ericka Huggins, Spiritual Activism, and Black Panther Party. They will discuss the role of women in the Black Panther Party.

Madonna Thunder Hawk is a Lakota Matriarch and activist who was a leader in the American Indian Movement. Marcella Gilbert is the daughter of Madonna Thunder Hawk and a Lakota and Dakota community organizer. Elizabeth Castle is the director of Warrior Women, a documentary film featuring Thunder Hawk and Gilbert. All three women will participate in a post-film Q&A to discuss their activism and work on the groundbreaking film. 

Marjorie Spruill, Emeritus Professor of History at University of South Carolina and the author of Divided We Stand: The Battle of Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics, will be in conversation with Anna Danzinger Halperin, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Womens’ History at the New-York Historical Society. The two will discuss the conservative backlash to feminism and the ERA.

Marisa Chappel is History Associate Professor at Oregon State University and author of The War on Welfare: Family, Poverty, and Politics in Modern America. She will serve as the July endnote, reflecting on the arc of feminism from 1948 to 1977 and beyond. 

Virtual Sessions

Chrisopher C. Martell, Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at UMass Boston, and Kaylene Stevens Petrin, Program Director for Social Studies Education at Boston University, are the co-authors of Teaching History for Justice. They will discuss how using their recommended strategies align with the content and pedagogy of the July in-person component. 


“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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