The Declaration at 250 Initiative

We are proud to announce the launch of the “Declaration at 250” initiative at the Gilder Lehrman Institute. This multi-year project will bring together our archive of historic documents and our network of scholars to examine the importance of the Declaration of Independence and its impact on the modern world. Over the next five years, culminating in 2026, the Institute will continue to create and share digital and print materials to serve teachers, students, and the general public. Highlights… Read more

2021 State History Teachers of the Year Announced

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is proud to announce the 2021 State History Teachers of the Year. Since 2004, 855 exemplary American history teachers from elementary, middle, and high schools in all fifty states, Department of Defense schools, Washington DC, and US territories have been named State History Teacher of the Year. Many have gone on to work with the Institute, many as master teachers for programs such as History School. Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award… Read more

August Book Breaks and History Books for the Beach

Since the summer of 2020, Gilder Lehrman Book Breaks has featured the most exciting history scholars in America discussing their books live with host William Roka followed by a Q&A with home audiences. Upcoming books featured in August are reckonings with aspects of American history that were once pushed to its fringes, from the history of slavery to the treatment of Chinese railroad workers. These books are all available at the Gilder Lehrman Book Shop. HOW THE WORD IS PASSED On August 1,… Read more

Fall 2021 Registration Now Open for the Pace–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Pace University are pleased to announce that registration for Fall 2021 courses is now open for the Pace–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History. The online program for K–12 teachers affiliated with the Gilder Lehrman Institute offers a unique and affordable opportunity for educators to work with two dynamic and eminent institutions dedicated to lifelong learning and career preparedness. The Fall 2021 semester begins September 29, 2021, and… Read more

Announcing the 2021 Frederick Douglass Book Prize Finalists

Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition today announced the finalists for the twenty-third annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, one of the most coveted awards for the study of the African American experience. Jointly sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale University, this annual prize of $25,000 recognizes… Read more