History of the Institute
- The Affiliate School Program network continues to expand and reaches 3,000 schools across the nation on June 25, 2013.
- May 2013: The Gilder Lehrman Institute honors Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman at the 2nd annual gala.
- Nine months after the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s website, Home for History, launches, the site hits one million unique users in January 2013.
- December 2012, the Affiliate School Program experiences tremendous growth and expands to include 2,500 schools, making it the largest American history–focused school network in the US.
- Gilder Lehrman’s new professional development program Teaching Literacy Through History is piloted across 25 Archdiocese of New York schools with much success.
- The Gilder Lehrman Home for History website wins the IMA’s Best in Class Award in the non-profit category. The Best in Class award is the highest honor bestowed by the Interactive Media Awards.
- The Gilder Lehrman Institute launches its newly renovated website: Home for History.
- In August 2011, the Affiliate School Program expands to 1,000 schools across the US.
- The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities awards Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academies its National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, presented by First Lady Michelle Obama.
- Demand for Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars continues to increase. Gilder Lehrman offers a total of forty Teacher Seminars and receives thousands of applicants yearly.
- Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman complete their donation of the Gilder Lehrman Collection to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
- Gilder Lehrman’s American History: An Introduction (History in a Box series) wins award from the American Association of Museums.
- Gilder Lehrman receives We the People Challenge Grant of $1,000,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- The Gilder Lehrman Special Exhibits Gallery opens at the Gettysburg National Military Park’s new Museum and Visitors Center.
- Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor leads special Gilder Lehrman teacher seminar on “The History of the Judiciary” in Washington, DC.
- The Council of Independent Colleges presents the Award for Academic Excellence to the Gilder Lehrman Institute.
- Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman receive the National Humanities Medal for their work in advancing history education and for co-founding the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
- Gilder Lehrman partners with Washington College and Mount Vernon to found the George Washington Book Prize. The first George Washington Book Prize is awarded to Ron Chernow for Alexander Hamilton.
- The first History in a Box, The Founding Era: People, Places, and Politics, is published.
- The Gilder Lehrman Gallery at Mount Vernon opens.
- The Organization of American Historians presents the Institute with the Friend of History Award.
- Gilder Lehrman increases number of Teacher Seminars offered to twenty, raising the number of attendees to more than 600 each summer.
- Kathleen Kean, teacher at Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin, wins the first National History Teacher of the Year Award, presented by First Lady Laura Bush.
- Gilder Lehrman launches History Now, a quarterly online journal.
- Gilder Lehrman partners with school districts on its first three Teaching American History grants.
- History Scholars Program for undergraduates begins.
- Gilder Lehrman Collection placed on deposit at the New-York Historical Society.
- First website launched with the Gilder Lehrman Collection searchable online catalogue.
- Ira Berlin and Philip Morgan receive the first Frederick Douglass Book Prize.
- With support from the Gilder Foundation, the Institute founds the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, headed by David Brion Davis.
- Gilder Lehrman mounts George Washington: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times, an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society.
- Gilder Lehrman creates first traveling exhibition, Free at Last: History of the Abolition of Slavery in America.
- The Institute co-sponsors the Lincoln Prize with Gettysburg College.
- The first history high school, the Academy of American Studies, opens in Long Island City, New York.
- Gilder Lehrman launches Historians’ Forums, a lecture series by eminent historians on their most recent books.
- Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman found the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
- Seeds of Discord: The Politics of Slavery, an exhibition at the Pierpont Morgan Library, opens, featuring documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection.
- The first Gilder Lehrman teacher seminar, “The Origins and Nature of New World Slavery,” is held at Yale University and led by Professor David Brion Davis.