Parent Resources

Local and National Institutions with a Wealth of Social Studies and History Resources

American Folk Art Museum
Description: Education has always been an integral component of the mission of the American Folk Art Museum. Today, the institution is committed to a wide range of programs for students and teachers, including hands-on workshops and gallery tours, and extended school partnerships.
URL: http://www.folkartmuseum.org/

American Museum of Natural History
Description: The American Museum of Natural History invites families to take advantage of its many exciting Museum opportunities and resources for learning and teaching. The Museum's scientific research, exhibitions, and collections can make social studies and science come alive. We offer an array of resources--instructors, Teaching Volunteers, exhibition explainers, background information, and experiences for students, both online and in print--to support learning at the Museum.
URL: http://www.amnh.org/

Anne Frank Center USA
Description: The Anne Frank Center USA offers a wide range of programs that allow students and educators to explore the history of intolerance in our world and the need to identify and challenge prejudice. Programs include extended in-school residencies with interdisciplinary themes such as conflict resolution and young women’s empowerment as well as education programs for grades 2-12 at our gallery.
URL: http://www.annefrank.com/

Asia Society and Museum
Description: Asia Society is a global nonprofit educational organization which seeks to promote understanding among the people and institutions of Asia and the U.S. It has as its focus the arts, culture, and education.
URL: http://www.asiasociety.org/

Brooklyn Historical Society
Description: The Brooklyn Historical Society is a museum, library and educational center that focuses on fostering appreciation of Brooklyn’s history and heritage. It houses a collection of photographs, primary documents, and Brooklyn-related artifacts.
URL: http://www.brooklynhistory.org/index.html

The Bronx County Historical Society
Description: The Bronx County Historical Society was founded in 1955 to preserve the heritage of the borough of The Bronx. The Society administers the colonial era Valentine-Varian House, which serves as the Museum of Bronx History; The Bronx County Archives; an extensive Research Library; and Poe Cottage, the final home of America's great 19th century poet and author, Edgar Allan Poe.
URL: http://www.bronxhistoricalsociety.org/

Caribbean Cultural Center
Description: The Franklin H. Williams Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diaspora Institute is a cultural arts organization that represents the African Diaspora. The Center hosts cultural programming including concerts, exhibits, and lectures.
URL:
http://cccadi.org

Children's Galleries for Jewish Culture
Description: Visit our interactive exhibitions for children in grades 2-6. Choosing and packing belongings, shopping for groceries in a foreign language, and designing a neighborhood are only a few of the activities in From Home to Home: Jewish Immigration to America. From Tent to Temple: Life in the Ancient Near East, offers a broad range of activities including hunting for food, grinding wheat, weaving cloth for tents and digging in an excavation pit.
URL: http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/info/2232667

The Cloisters
Description: The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The building is located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan and was constructed of elements from many medieval buildings, including several French cloisters. Approximately five thousand works of art from medieval Europe are on display, including the seven famous Unicorn Tapestries.
URL: http://www.metmuseum.org/visit/visit-the-cloisters

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
Description: The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families is a children’s advocacy organization for the Asian American community, and works with East, Southeast, and South Asian communities.
URL: http://www.cacf.org/

Ellis Island Museum
Description: Ellis Island served as an immigrant depot from 1892 to 1954, and processed nearly twelve million immigrants. The Museum is designed for self-guided tours and offers audio/visual displays and exhibits that detail the history of immigration processing.
URL: http://www.ellisisland.org/

Geography Alliance Network

Description: National Geographic has helped to build a national network of educators and others dedicated to improving geography education. The Geography Alliances work to promote geography education at all levels of government.
URL:


New York Alliance URL:
http://ngsednet.org/community/about.cfm?community_id=94



http://www.nygeographicalliance.org/

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Description: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers free resources for students including a searchable collection of over 60,000 primary source documents, electronic and traveling exhibitions, prizes and awards, and a quarterly online history journal.
URL: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/
Gotham Center for New York City History
Description: Housed at the CUNY Graduate Center, the Center’s mission is to boost the visibility of New York's historical assets.  Our website offers a directory of history-rich institutions, units of study, discussion boards and listings.
URL: http://www.gothamed.org/

Henry Street Settlement
Description: The Arts-in-Education Program of Henry Street Settlement provides sequential, hands-on experiences in the creation, appreciation, and integration of the visual, performing, literary, and media arts for students from pre-kindergarten through high school and teachers.
URL: http://www.henrystreet.org/

Historic House Trust of New York City
Description: Education programs at Historic House Trust sites reinforce in-school instruction in a variety of curriculum areas for a range of grades and link to NYS Learning Standards. Class trips encourage discovery and inquiry where children acquire knowledge and develop skills by analyzing primary sources and engaging in hands-on activities.
URL: http://www.historichousetrust.org/

Historic Richmondtown

Description: Historic Richmondtown in Staten Island is a living history village and museum complex of twenty-five acres containing fifteen restored buildings from the seventeenth to nineteenth century. The buildings include a Dutch schoolhouse (Voorlezer’s House, c.1695), a colonial farmhouse (Guyon-Lake-Tysen House, c.1740), a Basket Maker’s House (c.1810), a tavern (Guyon Store/Tavern, c.1819) and a General Store (c.1840). Guided tours and demonstrations of daily activities of early Staten Islanders are provided.
URL:

http://www.historicrichmondtown.org/


Japan Society

Description: The Japan Society is a nonprofit organization that seeks to bridge the cultures of the U.S. and Japan and foster an understanding and appreciation of the people of Japan and the U.S. Exhibitions of Japanese art are held at the Japan Society Gallery. Performing arts programs in theater, dance, and music are held. Professional development for educators and programs for students and families are offered.
URL:

http://www.japansociety.org/


Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Description: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum provides a historical perspective on the immigrant and migrant experience on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, long a gateway to America. The museum, housed at 97 Orchard Street, was home to an estimated 7,000 people between 1863 and 1935. The museum has restored several apartments in the building and offers interactive tours to learn how people lived in the 1800s and 1900s.
URL: http://www.tenement.org/

El Museo del Barrio
Description: Manhattan’s El Museo del Barrio is a Latino museum and educational institution dedicated to Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art. Its education department offers programs linked to its gallery exhibitions and connects classroom concepts and objects on exhibit.
URL: http://www.elmuseo.org/

Museum for African Art
Description: The Museum’s educational goal is to instill a life-long love of learning and cultural exploration and to position the Museum for African Art as a vital community resource for information about African art and culture. We achieve this goal through guided tours, off-site workshops (music, dance, art-making), and lectures.
URL: http://www.africanart.org/

Museum of American Finance
Description: The Museum of American Finance celebrates America's spirit of entrepreneurship and democratic free market tradition. Programs focus on the history of the stock market, New York's financial district, U.S. paper currency as well as the life and work of Alexander Hamilton, America's first Treasury Secretary.
URL: http://www.financialhistory.org/

Museum of Arts & Design
Description: The Museum of Arts & Design is the country's leading cultural institution dedicated to collection and exhibition of contemporary objects created in a wide range of media --clay, glass, wood, metal, and fiber and celebrates materials and processes that are today embraced by practitioners in the fields of craft, decorative arts, and design around the world.
URL: http://www.madmuseum.org/

Museum of Jewish Heritage
Description: The Museum of Jewish Heritage--A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York's primary institution of public education about modern Jewish history and the Holocaust. The Museum conveys a message of memory and hope that is of universal significance. The Museum offers guided tours, curriculum materials, and classroom speakers.
URL: http://www.mjhnyc.org/

Museum of the City of New York
Description: The F.A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center at the Museum of the City of New York offers programs that help children learn about New York City’s history and their place in it. The Center provides a rich mix of lessons and hands-on activities, semester-long programs that explore East Harlem’s evolving neighborhood, and NYC History Day, a city-wide history competition that encourages independent student research.
URL: http://www.mcny.org/

National Archives (NARA)
Description: As the nation's record keeper, the National Archives and Records Administration maintains the records of our Federal government. It is our mission to educate every American to understand the vital role records play in a democracy. We invite both educators and students to utilize our vast primary sources to learn about our nation’s history.
URL: http://www.archives.gov/norhteast/nyc/index.html

National Museum of the American Indian
Description: The George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian is located in the former U.S. Custom House at Bowling Green in downtown Manhattan. It is free to the public. The Center has a computerized Resource Center offering virtual tours, bibliographies, indigenous music and more. The museum offers educational programs for children, including The Haudenosaunee Discovery Room, a hands-on interactive display.
URL: http://www.nmai.si.edu/

The New York Transit Museum

Description: The New York Transit Museum is the largest urban public transportation museum in the U.S. Educational programs and tours give information about the history of public transit. The museum’s galleries feature exhibits on the building of the subway system, and a look at its trolleys and buses.
URL: http://www.mta.info/mta/museum/

Queens Historical Society
Description: The Queens Historical Society offers a broad range of workshops and walking tours for teachers and students. Many offerings are based at the society's headquarters, historic Kingsland Homestead. These programs include such topics as Slavery and the Underground Railroad, the Abolitionist Movement, The Civil and Spanish American War, The Revolutionary War, Quakers, Immigration and Constructing and Forecasting the Historical Record. All of our programs are multi-disciplinary and meet NYS Learning Standards and NYC Performance Standards. Our program, "Teaching With Documents: Slavery and The Underground Railroad" has been tailored to enhance student performance on the Social Studies Exam, as students work with primary source documents and are asked to complete many document-based questions as they would see on the actual exam.  We also offer a number of educational workshops for both individual children, and groups including summer schools and camp groups.
URL: http://www.queenshistoricalsociety.org/

The Queens Museum of Art

Description: Offers tours and workshops of its exhibitions, including the Panorama of the City of New York (9,335 square foot architectural model of NYC that includes every building in all five boroughs) and Robert Moses and the Modern City (Spring 2007).
URL: http://www.queensmuseum.org/

Reach the World
Description: Founded in 1998, Reach the World (RTW) is the nation’s first and only nonprofit organization to provide public schools with access to online experiences to expand the curriculum far beyond the classroom’s walls. Our mission is to connect students and teachers in public elementary and middle schools with online journeys that uplift and expand the curriculum and connect disadvantaged students to a global community. Reach the World provides schools in our program an annual field trip and provide teachers with extensive training in how to integrate technology and global studies into their teaching, via our graduate student Interns Program at Teachers College.
URL: http://www.reachtheworld.org/

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Description: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a national research library (part of The New York Public Library system) devoted to collecting and providing access to resources documenting the history and experiences of people of African descent. The Center provides access to materials through five research divisions: Art and Artifact, General Research and Reference, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books, Moving Image and Recorded Sound, and Photographs and Prints. The Center also presents exhibits on items from its collection.
URL: http://www.nypl.org/research/sc/sc.html

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Description: Home to one of the world’s finest collections of Modern and contemporary art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is itself a masterpiece. The Education Department offers interactive tours and workshops for students that focus on both permanent and changing exhibitions.
URL: http://www.guggenheim.org/

South Street Seaport Museum
Description: The South Street Seaport Museum preserves the history of New York City’s waterfront, demonstrating its vibrant history as a world port. Its early 19th-century commercial buildings house exhibition galleries, which include collections of commercial shipping memorabilia, ship models, and maritime art. The museum also houses a fleet of ships, including the Pioneer, an iron cargo sloop that sails daily for harbor tours.
URL: http://www.southstseaport.org/

Staten Island Institute for Arts and Sciences/Staten Island Museum
Description: The Staten Island Museum, also known as the Staten Island Institute for Arts and Sciences offers exhibits on the arts, natural science and local history. It provides education programs for school children at its St. George site and exhibits at the College of Staten Island and at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.
URL: http://www.statenislandmuseum.org/

Working in Support of Education (w!se)
Description: Serving 15,000 students in the United States, Working In Support of Education (w!se) is a not-for-profit that offers technical services and programs dedicated to financial education and literacy, social and business entrepreneurship, and preparedness for college and the global workplace. w!se also provides client services including program design, management and evaluation; event planning and implementation; and fiscal management. For more information, call (212) 421-2700.
URL: http://www.wise-ny.org/