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Education Resources

To assist classroom teachers, school administrators, museum educators, and other education professionals, we have compiled the Gotham Education k-12 Resource Directory. Here you will find a listing of arts organizations, museums, websites, and other NYC history-related institutions, to peruse. Feel free to browse.

The African Burial Ground Project (OPEI)
6 World Trade Center, Room 239
New York, NY 10048

We provide historical slide presentations, African Burial Group Landmark Site tours, documentary film viewings and gallery tours. We have a classroom and study guide for educators looking to prepare their classes for either a slide presentation or site tour. WE also have an African Burial Ground brochure, which gives a project overview. Last, but not least, we have an educational packet which has several articles written on the burial ground, area maps, magazine articles detailing the African historical presence, and a copy of our newsletter, Update.

The American Place Theater
111 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
212.840.2960 (phone)

Brooklyn Expedition
c/o Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

The Brooklyn Expedition ( is a discovery-based web site featuring the objects, exhibits, educational materials and collections from the Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Brooklyn Public Library. The site is arranged thematically including three themes: Latin America, Structures, and Brooklyn.

Center for Thanatology Research & Education, Inc.
391 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
The Center is a small press and library on death and bereavement, including gravestone studies. We sell all publishers' books on these subjects for children and adults. Among ours are: Lessons From the Dead, The Cemetery as Classroom, A Guide to Cemeteries in New York City, and pamphlets on gravestone rubbings, burial sites of famous African Americans, and others. The Director was honored by the Borough President for "her research and preservation of historic cemeteries throughout Brooklyn."

City Parks Foundation
Urban Forest & Education Program
1234 Fifth Avenue, Room 232
New York, NY 10029
In partnership with Target Corporation, City Parks Foundation will introduce young New Yorkers to Madison Square Park and its compelling history. The overarching goal of the program will be to help these students view Madison Square Pare as a living primary source worth exploring and preserving. Since students learn best when concepts are connected to real-world experiences, the program's central component will be a field trip to Madison Square Park. During these trips, students will explore landmarks, and artifacts, while also having an opportunity to meet with local historians and park experts.

Clarion Books
A Houghton Mifflin Company Imprint
215 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003

Publishing company with books for children and young adults readers. Many of the titles feature historic and social studies themes. Featured in the book guide is award-winning author, Russell Freedman. Among his book titles are Children of the Wild West, Cowboys of the Wild West and Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor.

Conservancy for Historic Battery Park
120 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
The Conservancy for Historic Battery Park works to restore the waterfront park as a hub of access to New York Harbor, and to renew the spirit of the Castle at the Battery as a center for the heritage-tourism and cultural programs.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128

El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue @ 104th Street
New York, NY 10029

El Museo's education department is committed to providing community youth with positive and alternative learning experiences in the museum. The Education Department coordinated programs re-enforce concepts of visual and perceptual development, while offering dynamic, object based learning experience. The department offers guided tours of current exhibitions to groups K-12, college students and adults. Our hands-on workshops explore current exhibition themes and media. El Museo offers Teacher-as-investigator workshops, allowing teachers to discover a rich trove of art and ways to incorporate resource materials into classroom subject areas. The classroom Connections Program uses El Museo as an alternative learning environment to reinforce school curriculum.

High Rock Park Environmental Education Center - Staten Island Greenbelt
200 Nevada Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306

Outdoor education programs offered year round to students grades Pre-K - 12., families and adults. Hands-on investigative learning compliments New York State teaching standards in science, social studies and language arts. Summer Day Camp, Mini camp for toddlers, Adult Fine Art Programs, Teaching Training Workshops for all grade level teachers.

Historic Districts Council
232 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10010

Historic Hudson Valley Society
914.631.8200 ext. 633
Historic Hudson Valley is a network of historic sites along the Hudson. We have produced a Teacher's Guide to Understanding Slavery in the North and at Philipsburg Manor.

LaGuardia and Wagner Archives
La Guardia Community College/CUNY
31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room e-238
Long Island City, NY 11101

The La Guardia and Wagner Archives annually produces a 4th grade curriculum guide introducing students to local history and primary source documents. We serve the public schools in the outer boroughs of New York City. Our booklets include documents from our collections and other local area repositories and museums. Lessons and exercises accompany these lessons. We are currently making these available also via the Web. This year's edition The Erie Canal: New York's Water Highway, is available on our Web site: follow link "4th grade curriculum."

Learning By Design -- A Program of the New York Foundation for Architecture, Inc.
467 10th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Learning By Design:NY is a unique built environment education program of the New York Foundation for Architecture, an affiliate of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. Learning By Design: NY offers hands-on-workshops for K-12 students and teachers that integrate architecture and design into the K-12 curriculum; after-school, evening and weekend workshops for children and adults; training for designers interested in teaching; public lectures and an annual exhibit of student work.

Lefferts Homestead
Prospect Park, Flatbush Avenue at Empire Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Mailing Address: Litchfield Villa 95, Prospect Park West, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718.789.2822 (Homestead) 718.965.8953 (Litchfield)

The Living City - Program in the History & Ethics of Public Health & Medicine
Division of Sociomedical Sciences -- Columbia University
722 West 168th Street 9th Floor
Old Pl New York, NY 10032

The Living City is a digital library initiative intended to capture the experience of life, health, and urban transformation during the five decades after the end of the Civil War. The New York City Department of Health Annual Reports represent the spine of this publicly accessible collection intended for a wide variety of users.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
66 Allen Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10002
212.431.0233 x 214

Our Education programs comply with the State Learning Standards for Social Studies. Students discover how the Museum used documents, material culture, archaeology and oral histories to reconstruct the lives of its Landmark tenement's former residents. Issues such as family, assimilation, cultural identity, and community are discussed through the study of immigration.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
212.534.1672 x250

The MCNY's Department of learning offers educational programs for the general public, teachers and students of all ages. The exhibitions host guided tours, gallery talks, and a variety of family programs. Walking tours, concerts, teacher workshops, panel discussions and our signature Gotham Readers, Distinguished speakers and New York City history Day are also offered.

The Museum of Television and Radio
25 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

The Museum of Television & Radio Education Department uses the collection in partnership with schools and other educational institutions to raise and explore key themes and issues that have shaped the twentieth century as well as to develop and refine our audience's critical thinking and viewing skills. While the medium is television or radio, the subject may be advertising, science fiction, the changing role of women, political campaigns, global economy, and many other subjects. Many classes are appropriate for visitors of all ages, and most can be tailored to complement a group's particular interest and experience.

National Maritime Historical Society
5 John Walsh Boulevard
P.O. Box 68
Peekskill, NY 10566
The National Maritime Historical Society is a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting America's maritime heritage. Headquartered in Peekskill, the NMHS has been a leader in promoting the maritime heritage of the Hudson Valley. Among our numerous maritime programs is our on-going History-at-Sea education program. Our national magazine Sea History, often includes articles promoting the maritime history of the Hudson Valley and the New York region.

New York Council for the Humanities
150 Broadway, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10038
212.233.1131 x24

New York Daily News Newspaper in Education
125 Theodore Conrad Drive
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Through professional development in the application of NIE curriculum materials such as the weekly "Big Town Chronicles" page, the Daily News NIE brings hands-on learning to the social studies classroom using the newspaper as a "living" educational tool and primary source.

New York City Department of Records & Information Services, the Municipal Archives
31 Chambers Street, Room 103
New York, NY 10007
The Municipal Archives preserves and makes available the historical records created by the government of the City of New York. The records include manuscript materials, photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural records, maps and libers. The Archives has significant records relevant to the City's infrastructure, such as, parks, bridges, streets, and buildings. The records of the mayor's office date back to the year, 1849. Birth records prior to 1910, death records prior to 1949, and marriage records prior to 1938 are also available for research at the Archives. All of the records are vital for the study of the City's past as well as our national heritage because of the City's influence in American cultural and financial history. Reference Room open Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

The New-York Historical Society
2 West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024

Noble Maritime Collection
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (RM) The New York Public Library
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street and Lenox Avenue)
New York, NY 10037

Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford-Stuyvesant History
1698 Bergen Street (Buffalo and Rochester Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY
Once a thriving 19th century African-American settlement, the Weeksville site presently consists of four framed cottages that date from 1840 through 1883. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a New York City Landmark. Founded in1968 and chartered 1971, the Weeksville Society is dedicated to the research, preservation and interpretation of the African-American experience -- particularly in Central Brooklyn. Today, the Weeksville Society serves more than 3,500 youngsters in schools and at the New York City landmark Hunterfly Road Historic Houses district of Weeksville. In addition, tourists from all over the world have visited this historic site.

South Street Seaport Museum
207 Front Street
New York, NY 10038
Our educational mission at the South Street Seaport Museum is to offer a broad range of formal and informal programs in schools, in our galleries, and on the water. The education programs provide access to our collection of historic ships and artifacts, the South Street Seaport Historic District, lower Manhattan, and the sweep of New York Harbor.

WNET- Channel 13
450 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001

Thirteen/WNET's National Teacher Training Institute (NTTI) is a nationwide professional development initiative to teach teachers to utilize public television programming, the Internet, and emerging technologies in their classrooms. Founded in 1989, and headquartered at Thirteen, public television's flagship station, NTTI has trained over 135,000 teachers at over 25 public television stations across the country.

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