• The Right to Vote

    The Role of States and the US Constitution


    The Right to Vote: The Role of States and the US Constitution is a multi-year project to develop a high school program on the role of the states in determining and protecting voting rights. It includes a full suite of resources with essays, lesson plans, digital exhibitions, and more. 

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  • Constitution Day

    Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the US Constitution by thirty-nine delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.


    Enjoy our Constitution Day resources! They include


    • historical documents
    • essays
    • videos
    • lesson plans
    • online exhibitions
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  • Fall Courses

    Master’s Degree in American History

    Daina Ramey Berry, The Lives of the Enslaved ​​​

    Timothy Shannon, Warfare in Early America: 1585–1840

    Caroline Winterer, The American Enlightenment: Intellectual History to 1787

    Stephen Vider, LGBTQ+ History of the US: 1800 to the Present

    Madeline Hsu, American Immigration History

    Barbara Perry, The Kennedy Era

    Gettysburg in the fall
  • 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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  • 2023 NHTOY Finalists

    National History Teacher of the Year


    The Gilder Lehrman Institute is delighted to announce the ten finalists for the 2023 National History Teacher of the Year Award. The national winner will be announced this fall and celebrated at a ceremony in New York City.

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  • New Self-Paced Course

    History of Latinas and Latinos in the US

    Join professor Geraldo L. Cadava of Northwestern University to explore the pivotal role of Latino communities in the United States from the sixteenth century through the early twenty-first century.


    Regular Price: $39.99

    Affiliate Price: $29.99

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    • 15 Professional Development Hours

    Learn with the Gilder Lehrman Institute

    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
    • Professional Development
    • Free
    Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 8:00 pm ET or Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 2:00 pm ET

    The Right to Vote

    Join us for a lecture and pedagogy workshop (the two sessions are identical in content).

    Upcoming Deadlines

    • All Audiences
    • Traveling Exhibitions
    • Free
    Monday, October 23, 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 December.

    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.

    Photograph of a monument at Williamette National Cemetery in Oregon


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