• Master's Degree in American History

    Spring 2024 Registration Is Open 

    K–12 educators can earn their graduate degree in this affordable, online, accredited program. It’s easy to apply and become an enrolled student.


    Upcoming Spring Semester Dates

    • Applications End: Thursday, January 25, 2024
    • Courses Start: Thursday, February 8, 2024
    • Course Registration Ends: Wednesday, February 14, 2024

    Begin the application process now to join us this spring! 

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  • Summer PD Registration Now Open

    Study with world-renowned scholars, connect with other teachers from across the United States, and reinvigorate your enthusiasm for teaching history! Whatever your budget and interests, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has a professional development opportunity for you next summer.


    Online Options: 10 Teacher Seminars

    In-person Options: 12 options in 7 locations across 5 states



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    • 22 Programs

    • In Person & Online

  • New Self-Paced Course

    Warfare in Early America

    Join Professor Timothy Shannon of Gettysburg College to explore the evolution of warfare in North America from the earliest contact between Native Americans and Europeans through the early nineteenth century.


    Regular Price: $39.99

    Affiliate Price: $29.99

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    • 15 Professional Development Hours

  • EduHam Online

    Competition and Lottery Now Open


    The Hamilton Education Program Online is a free program that helps students in grades 6–12 see the relevance of the founding era by using primary sources to create a performance piece following the model used by Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the musical Hamilton.


    Students in the program will have the chance to submit their performance piece and be selected to see a performance of Hamilton in New York City. 

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  • New Issue of History Now

    Issue No. 68: “The Role of Spain in the American Revolution” (Fall 2023)

    Explore the often-neglected story of Spain’s crucial role in the American Revolutionary War with six essays by historians and additional Gilder Lehrman resources. 

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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

    • Teachers
    • Summer PD
    • In Person
    Friday, December 15, 2023

    NEH Summer Institute Application Open

    Apply to participate in Pacific Crossings: Asian American and Pacific Islander Histories, 1870s to the Present.

    • Teachers
    • Online
    Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 8 pm ET

    Open House: MA in American History

    Q&A session for prospective students to learn about the Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman master's degree program

    • American Historical Holidays
    Monday, January 15, 2024

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Deepen your knowledge of this holiday with historical documents, essays, and videos from the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

    Upcoming Deadlines

    • All Audiences
    • Traveling Exhibitions
    • Free
    Monday, December 11, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET

    Apply to Host "Who Can Vote?"

    Affiliate Schools, libraries, and other sites can host this exhibition for free in January and February.

    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. A Book Breaks subscription includes access to the weekly live programs and our ever-expanding archive, featuring 150+ episodes.

    Book Breaks is completely free for all students, K–12 educators, and college professors. Others can purchase a one-year subscription for $25.

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    Upcoming Episodes

    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 85,000+ 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

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    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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