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 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
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Sara Lee Schupf
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Lori and Mark Fife
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.



To better facilitate the continuation of history education during this period of social distancing, the New-York Historical Society now offers a modified version of the Art of History program online. These lessons will focus predominantly on studying the past through artifacts and artworks, with prompts for independent art making that is historically relevant, developmentally appropriate, and achievable using supplies students have at home. 

Students are invited to work collaboratively to find answers to history’s big questions. In the process, they develop their critical thinking and historical thinking skills and expand their understanding of our collective past. Each five-lesson series tracks with city and state social studies standards and will provide your students with a digital toolkit they can use to keep their studies going long after the series is completed.

Each lesson is one hour and the full series costs $600/class for NYC schools or $750/class for schools outside of the five boroughs. Platforms available: Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Webex/

Learn more

Complete our booking form to start the scheduling process. A member of our Education Team will contact you to confirm program details, dates, and times.

Questions? Contact or 212-485-9293.


Planning Session
A New-York Historical Art Educator visits your school to meet with the participating teachers to introduce the program, review objectives, present suggested pre- and post-activities, and discuss art-making logistics.

Session 1
Students examine primary sources—including artifacts, documents, and images—in small groups to learn about a particular topic in New York and American history.

Session 2
Students analyze works of art from the period to discover how they reflect historical themes from Session 1. They discuss techniques and artistic principles and participate in a hands-on exploration of a particular art medium to become familiar with its properties.

Sessions 3 & 4
Students make art projects employing what they learned about history and art techniques in previous sessions.

Session 5
Students reflect upon what they learned about the topic in history and how their finished projects demonstrate those understandings through reflective writing and class discussion.

Explore the residency topics available for your students.

Complete our booking form to start the scheduling process.

Support for Art of History is provided by the Henry Nias Foundation.

Creative: Tronvig Group