• Master's Degree in American History

    Summer 2024 Registration Is Open 

    K–12 educators can earn their graduate degree in this affordable, online, accredited program. It’s easy to apply and become an enrolled student.


    Upcoming Summer Semester Dates

    • Courses Start: Thursday, May 30, 2024
    • Course Registration Ends: Wednesday, June 5, 2024
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  • Summer PD Registration Now Open

    Study with world-renowned scholars, connect with other teachers from across the United States, and reinvigorate your enthusiasm for teaching history! Whatever your budget and interests, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has a professional development opportunity for you next summer.


    Online Options: 10 Teacher Seminars

    In-person Options: 7 courses to choose from

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    • 17 Programs

    • In Person & Online

  • EduHam Online

    2024 Lottery and Competition Now Open


    The Hamilton Education Program Online is a free resource that allows students in grades 6–12 to explore the world of Alexander Hamilton and America’s founding era. 


    Completed student projects can be submitted to the competition and lottery for a chance to win a New York City theater experience and see Hamilton on Broadway.

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  • New Self-Paced Course

    Jim Crow and Its Challengers

    Professor Nikki Brown addresses the rise, institutionalization, fall, and lasting impact of racial segregation laws in the United States. Students will examine the growth and popularity of Jim Crow laws and spend particular time exploring the ways African Americans mitigated, or tried to moderate, the worst excesses of these laws. 


    Regular Price: $39.99

    Affiliate Price: $29.99

    Address of Booker T. Washington, principal of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama, before the Hamilton Club, Chicago, 1896 (The Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC07934)
    • 15 Professional Development Hours

  • New Issue of History Now

    Issue No. 69: “The Reception and Impact of the Declaration of Independence, 1776–1826” (Winter 2023)

    Explore the reactions of Americans who faced a crisis of loyalties with five essays by historians and additional Gilder Lehrman resources. 

    John Trumbull, Declaration of Independence, oil on canvas, 1818; placed in the Rotunda of the US Capitol, 1826 (Architect of the Capitol)

    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

    • Free
    • Students
    • Summer
    Monday, April 1 2024

    History School 2024

    Registration is open for History School's three six-week AP prep courses, held in July and August.

    • Teachers
    • Online
    Wednesday, May 6, 2024 at 8:00 pm ET

    Open House: MA in American History

    Q&A session for prospective students to learn about the Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman master's degree program.

    Upcoming Deadlines

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    • Traveling Exhibitions
    • Free
    Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET

    Apply to Host "Who Can Vote?"

    Affiliate Schools, libraries, and other sites can host this exhibition for free in April and May.

    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

    Signing the Declaration of Independence

    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.

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