Meet All the Historians at the Gilder Lehrman Teacher Symposium

Now is the time to enroll in courses for the Gilder Lehrman Teacher Symposium, being held Sunday, July 16 through Wednesday, July 19, 2023, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Take your pick of courses, but meet all the historians at Symposium events. Meet the 2023 Symposium Historians David W. Blight is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University and the director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is the preeminent expert on Frederick Douglass.… Read more

Book Breaks in June: Fierce Struggles for Freedom

 Book Breaks is a weekly interview series with historians held every Sunday at 2 pm ET (11 am PT) on Zoom. The program and its archive are free for K–12 teachers and students in the Affiliate School Program, college students, and college faculty. Visit the Book Breaks page to learn more. The general public can purchase a one-year $25 subscription for full access to the program here. June 4: Alice L. Baumgartner, South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War When… Read more

Five Courses Still Have Openings for the Gilder Lehrman Symposium

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is pleased to return to Gettysburg College for our second annual Teacher Symposium from July 16 to July 19. Two courses have closed to enrollment, but the following five courses still have some seats open: The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass led by David Blight (Yale University) Delve into the three major roles Frederick Douglass played in the nineteenth century—as activist, as artist, and as thinker—before, during, and after the Civil War. The Civil Rights… Read more

Classroom and Parent Resources for Juneteenth

 Juneteenth (June 19) commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and that enslaved people were free. While the day has been celebrated ever since, it was only recognized as a federal holiday in 2021. We offer many classroom and home study resources for learning more below. Video A Conversation with Annette Gordon-Reed moderated by Edward Ayers about … Read more

Video Highlights from the 2023 Gilder Lehrman Institute Gala

On May 23, the Gilder Lehrman Institute Annual Gala celebrated the power of history education, scholarship, and the remarkable individuals who make our work possible. This year’s event recognized four honorees as Gilder Lehrman Champions of History and role models for the millions of students we serve: Activists and former diplomats Debbie and Craig Stapleton Civic leader and philanthropist Valerie Rockefeller Renowned African American history scholar, filmmaker, and institution-builder Henry… Read more