• Book Breaks: Now free and open to all!

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


    Upcoming Session: July 21, 2024
    Author:  Amanda Bellows, The New School
    Book: The Explorers: A New History of America in Ten Expeditions

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  • Special Topics in History

    These two-hour-long sessions feature deep dives into topics, eras, and special themes, led by Institute staff and the staff and faculty at outstanding historical institutions. 


    July 17: An Introduction to Gilder Lehrman Curricular Programs

    July 23: The Kennedy Challenge: Inspiring a Divided Nation as Candidate and President

    July 30: American Jews and the Second Red Scare

    August 6: An Introduction to World War II Portraits of Service

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  • 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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  • Master's Degree in American History

    Register for Fall 2024 Courses

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


    Fall Semester Dates

    • Course Registration Begins: Monday, July 8, 2024
    • Courses StartThursday, September 19, 2024
    • Course Registration Ends: Wednesday, September 25, 2024
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  • New Self-Paced Course

    Reconstruction and Resistance: Constructing a Nation

    This course will place Reconstruction and the resistance to it in a historical context, illuminating how Reconstruction broke from America’s past, how its radicalism was undermined and its promise beaten down, and how the struggles of that era continue today.


    Regular Price: $39.99

    Affiliate Price: $29.99

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    • 15 Professional Development Hours

  • New Issue of History Now

    Issue No. 71: “The Jewish Legacy in American History” (Summer 2024)

    Explore the role of Jewish Americans in American culture from the arts, to medicine and science, to business, to sports, to literature and civil rights.

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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. 

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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 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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    How to Research a World War II Veteran

    Learn about the historical research process in this step-by-step guide. As you progress, you will have opportunities to apply what you are learning.

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