• Book Breaks: Now free and open to all!

    Sundays at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on Zoom


    Upcoming Session: June 23, 2024
    Author: Fergus M. Bordewich
    Book: Klan War: Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle to Save Reconstruction

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    • Free

    • All Audiences

    • Every Sunday

  • Juneteenth

    Commemorate the Holiday with GLI Resources

    Juneteenth (June 19) commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. While the day has been celebrated since 1865, it was first recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.


    Learn more about Juneteenth with essays, historical documents, lesson plans and videos.


    Image: Lucius Stebbins, Reading the Emancipation Proclamation, Hartford, CT, 1864. (The Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC07597)

    Lithograph from 1864 depicting a black family gathered together, reading a newspaper
  • Traveling Exhibitions at five public sites this June

    Who Can Vote?: A Brief History of Voting Rights in the US tours the country

    From June 3 through June 28, this traveling exhibition will visit Brooklyn, NY, Elizabeth City, NC, Concord, NH, Buffalo, NY, and Galveston, TX.

    Who Can Vote Traveling Exhibition
  • Teacher Seminars Online

    Study with eminent American history professors and dive deep into primary sources with master teachers this summer. Each of our seminars is composed of lectures that you can watch on your own schedule as well as live Zoom sessions featuring the scholar, Gilder Lehrman master teachers, partner organizations, and your peers.


    Registration Deadline 1 week prior to the start of the seminar’s live sessions

    Cost: $25 per seminar

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    • 10 Seminars

    • Online

  • Master's Degree in American History

    Register for 6-Week Summer II Courses

    MA students can choose from a wide variety of courses each semester. Browse summer courses, watch lecture previews, meet the professors, and see course details.


    Summer II Semester Dates

    • Courses Start: Thursday, July 11, 2024
    • Course Registration Ends: Wednesday, July 17, 2024
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  • New Self-Paced Course

    Immigrants and Immigration in the Age of Lincoln

    Through the lens of Abraham Lincoln’s rise in politics, this course will follow the growing nativist response to the rise of Catholic immigration in the 1840s, through to Lincoln’s 1863 and 1864 proposals to expand—and even underwrite—immigration to fill the depleted ranks of the Union military as well as American farming and industry. 


    Regular Price: $39.99

    Affiliate Price: $29.99

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    • 15 Professional Development Hours

  • New Issue of History Now

    Issue No. 70: “World War II: Portraits of Service” (Spring 2024)

    Explore the lives and legacies of five men and women who overcame racial and gender discrimination to emerge as true American patriots.

    First Lieutenant Roger Romine in 1944 (CAF RISE ABOVE)

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    MA in American History

    Our master’s degree program gives K–12 educators an affordable way to earn a graduate degree while working full time.

    Self-Paced Courses

    Explore American history from your own home, in your own time, and at your own pace! Educators can obtain professional development credit.

    History U

    These self-paced courses in American history are taught by the nation's top historians and are completely free for high school students. 

    Upcoming Events

    • All Audiences
    • Traveling Exhibitions
    June 3–28, 2024

    See "Who Can Vote?"

    Visit our exhibition at sites across the country this month

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    Book Breaks

    Every Sunday at 2:00 pm ET (11:00 am PT) on Zoom

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    Join us for our weekly interview series in which historians discuss their acclaimed books followed by a Q&A with the at-home audience. Please click any of the upcoming episodes to register. You can purchase any of the books featured on our bookshop.org page, for which we receive an affiliate commission.

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    Our Historical Documents

    In 1991, Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman embarked on a mission to create one of the most important repositories of historical American documents in the country. Today, the Gilder Lehrman Collection contains 86,000+ items documenting the political, social, and economic history of the United States.

    Our catalog is free to search. K–12 students, K–12 educators, and parents can access a selection of 7,800+ full-sized images for free. Others can purchase an annual History Resources subscription for $25.
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    History Now

    The Online Journal of the Gilder Lehrman Institute

    Signing the Declaration of Independence

    History Now features essays by the nation’s leading historians and provides the latest in American history scholarship for teachers, students, and general readers.

    History Now is completely free for all K-12 students and teachers. Others can purchase a one-year subscription for $25.

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    "Their Full Measure"

    Veterans Legacy Program: Online Exhibition

    Gilder Lehrman is proud to announce the launch of this new online exhibition introducing viewers to nineteen men and women who served during six conflicts in American history.

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