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.


Take your professional learning to the next level.

New-York Historical Society offers custom professional development experiences for education-focused groups. Each interactive workshop features classroom-ready strategies that highlight our vast collections of high-quality images, documents, and objects from the past. Participants walk away with ideas, skills, materials, and knowledge that they can immediately bring into their classrooms.

Our dynamic approach centers new scholarship, inquiry-based learning, and culturally responsive practices.  We have extensive experience working with districts, schools, administrators, educators, and experts in fields including social studies, civics, humanities, English language arts (ELA), digital humanities, and more!

This fall we are proud to offer the following menu of workshops, curated to address the most pressing academic issues of 2021:

  • Equity in Education: Unpack how educators and parents advocated for equitable education in the United States.
  • Integrating LGBTQ+ History in the Classroom: Discover content and instructional strategies that center the stories and experiences of LGBTQ+ communities.
  • Women & the American Story: Interact with resources that illuminate the critical role women played in shaping the United States, from the colonial era through the 20th century.
  • Black Citizenship: From Slavery to Civil Rights: Explore Black Americans’ fight for freedom and racial equality from enslavement to the civil rights movement.
  • History for Little Learners: Practice strategies for teaching complex history topics to K-2 students.
  • Amplifying Asian American & Pacific Islander History: Learn how to incorporate the stories of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in your United States history lessons.
  • Latinx Activism in the 20th Century: Study the activism and history of Latinx communities throughout United States history.
  • Teaching Civics & Democracy: Examine the history of democracy and utilize strategies and resources to promote active civic participation.
  • Introduction to Museum Pedagogy: Consider how to apply museum-inspired and inquiry-based teaching strategies in the classroom. 

Many other topics and learning opportunities are available. To learn more please contact or complete our Custom Professional Learning Request Form.

The New-York Historical Society is an NYSED-approved CTLE sponsor. Participation in teacher professional development workshops and online PD for teachers is applicable towards maintaining professional certification from the New York City Department of Education

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