Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.

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.



Be a history changemaker! Use the resources of New-York Historical to conduct teen-led research on undertold yet highly relevant histories, on topics you care about. Learn about the history of activists and social movements and discuss how knowledge of history can inform change-making in the present. Work with historian mentors and take trips to history archives around the city to help support your work. Develop leadership skills as you lead gallery tours and produce creative digital projects that cover culturally representative stories that aren’t well represented in our history books today. 

Open to: High school students, entering grades 10, 11, or 12. 

Interns who attend a Title 1 School or are eligible for free or reduced lunch will be offered a stipend to participate. Unpaid internships will be provided for all other accepted students, with the option to receive community service hours or school credit. We accept 25 interns per cohort. This internship takes place in person.  

Student Historian Internship Dates: 

October 20, 2021 – June 8, 2022 every Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:30 pm (excluding NYC public school holidays).

Applications closed on September 26. Please consider our other programs and check back in the spring for applications for the summer session.

Questions? Contact

Major support for the 2021 Student Historian Internship Program is provided by Richard Reiss and the Pinkerton Foundation. Additional support provided by the Henry Nias Foundation, the GWG Foundation and Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner. 



Returning Student Historians, Tech Scholars, and Scholars have the opportunity to participate in paid internships as Teen Leaders, who work in one of two departments: 

  • Education Teen Leaders create digital projects and videos that will be used professionally by New-York Historical Society, and will be on display in museum exhibitions and websites.  Teen Leaders are mentored by museum staff to research the historical information, find assets, and write the content. They also work with technology consultants to design and build the digital interactive. Offered during the school year and summer!
  • Family Programs Teen Leaders meet throughout the academic year to support DiMenna Children’s History Museum’s programming. Explore the Family Programs calendar.

All Teen Leaders are compensated at New York State minimum wage: $15 per hour.  

Questions? Contact

Teen Leaders Dates:

October 19, 2021 – June 7, 2022 every Tuesday, 4:00 – 6:30 pm (excluding NYC public school holidays).  

Applications closed on September 26. Please consider our other programs and check back in the spring for applications for the summer session.

Major support for Teen Leaders in 2021 provided by the Pinkerton Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and the Marie and John Zimmermann Fund.

Explore work produced by former Teen Leaders:

Women and the American Story (WAMS) Animated Videos: 

These animated videos feature the powerful stories of women in history including Zitkala-Sa, Emma Tenayuca, Chien-Shiung Wu, and Elizabeth Freeman.  Teen Leaders worked with New-York Historical historians and the professional animation production company Makematic to conduct research, write the scripts and storyboards, and produce the videos.  The videos are currently available on the Women and the American Story (WAMS) curriculum website as well as New-York Historical Society’s YouTube.

Women Journalists Digital Interactive:

This digital interactive features the work and lives of radical women journalists of color.  Teen Leaders worked with museum curators and historians to select and research pathbreaking publishers and reporters, creating an online interactive as part of the exhibition Cover Story: Katharine Graham, CEOThese women devoted their careers to covering events in their communities that the mainstream press ignored and called for economic and political equality. Teen Leaders researched and wrote the content and worked with professional digital media designers at Unified Field Media to design and create the interactive.

Women Activists Digital Interactive: 

This digital interactive features the biographies of instrumental figures in women’s activism over the past 200 years. Teen Leaders worked with New-York Historical Society curators to choose individuals, conduct research, and write the bios. They also worked with professional graphic media designers at Unified Field Media to design the interactive. This digital interactive is currently available online.




Creative: Tronvig Group