Announcing the 2021 David McCullough Essay Prize High School Winners

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 David McCullough Essay Prizes. Named for David McCullough—Pulitzer and National Book Award–winning historian and member of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Board of Trustees—and honoring his career telling America’s stories and examining its histories, this contest recognizes outstanding high school student research essays with cash prizes of up to $10,000. 2021 Contest Winners More than seventy rising 11th and 12th grade… Read more

Fall 2021 MA Program Newsletter

This fall term marks the fourth year of the Pace–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History Program. During the past nine terms, we have offered 30 courses, admitted 1,500 students, and conferred 277 degrees––thanks to our cohort, faculty, and administrators. To highlight where we have been and where we are heading, we have created this MA Program newsletter. Published each term, it will keep you apprised of student and alumni accomplishments, upcoming courses, and Abraham Lincoln Scholarship… Read more

Announcing the 2021 Frederick Douglass Book Prize Co-Winners, Vincent Brown and Marjoleine Kars

Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition today has announced the winners for the twenty-third annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, one of the most coveted awards for the study of the African American experience. The 2021 Prize will be shared by two scholars. The co-winners are Vincent Brown for Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press) and Marjoleine Kars for Blood on the River: A… Read more

Staff Picks from the Gilder Lehrman Book Shop from Cassidy, Alinda, Peter, and Marissa

This holiday season, the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s staff recommends their favorite history books, all of which can be purchased from the Gilder Lehrman Book Shop. Today, we feature GLI staff members Cassidy Hooker, Alinda Borell, Peter Shea, and Marissa Cheifetz explaining why they chose their books, all of which would make fun holiday gifts. Cassidy Hooker, Special Events and Operations Manager Cassidy leads the full life cycle of events at GLI, including the Institute’s annual gala, award… Read more

Giving Tuesday for The Gilder Lehrman Institute

Dear Friend of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Only 15% of eighth graders across the country are proficient in US history. Only 23% of them are competent in civics. These statistics represent a significant decline since 2014, according to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress report. Last year, many K–12 US history classes were significantly pared back. Teachers and students alike experienced massive school disruptions. Educators now have the herculean task of teaching a… Read more

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