A Message from Gilder Lehrman Institute President James Basker

Dear Friends of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, I write to our entire Gilder Lehrman Institute community with concern as, in the midst of a global pandemic, a new crisis with terrible historical echoes has arisen. The killing of George Floyd reverberates across our country, evoking memories of lynching and the painful history of slavery and Jim Crow. For many, though, it has been seen with too little historical understanding or context. From its inception in 1994, the Institute has placed... Read more

We Remember Richard Gilder

James Basker Remembers Richard Gilder The trustees and staff of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the larger community of teachers and students they serve, are profoundly saddened by the death of Richard Gilder. Co-founder and co-chair of the Institute since its beginning in 1994, Dick partnered with his dear friend Lewis Lehrman to elevate and enrich the teaching and learning of American history on a national scale. Starting with one teacher seminar and the donation of... Read more

Register for EduHam at Home

The Gilder Lehrman Institute has now added EduHam at Home to its Hamilton Education Program offerings in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that forced school closures throughout the country. EduHam at Home provides a family version of EduHam that can be accomplished outside of a school setting.  As with EduHam, students study primary source documents from the founding era, learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda used such documents to create the musical Hamilton, and finally create their own... Read more

Take a Deeper Dive into the World of HAMILTON with Gilder Lehrman

On July 3 the 2016 original Broadway cast production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton will be released to Disney Plus subscribers. The Gilder Lehrman Institute has been honored to provide the curriculum and implementation of the Hamilton Education Program (EduHam) since 2016, bringing more than 164,000 students from 1,985 schools in 38 states to experience the historical phenomenon and participate with it directly through their own primary source research and creative performance. This... Read more

Free Online History School Summer Courses Open for Registration

The Gilder Lehrman Online History School provides engaging live interactive lessons by Master Teachers. We are pleased to offer new courses for the summer months for elementary school, middle school and high school students! Master Teachers will present lessons anchored in primary source documents, many from the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s collection of more than 70,000 American history artifacts. The goal is to engage students and excite them about history so that they leave each... Read more