History of the Institute

2013

  • The Affiliate School Program network continues to expand and reaches 3,000 schools across the nation on June 25, 2013.
  • May 2013: The Gilder Lehrman Institute honors Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman at the 2nd annual gala.
  • Nine months after the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s website, Home for History, launches, the site hits one million unique users in January 2013.

2012

2011

2010

  • Demand for Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars continues to increase. Gilder Lehrman offers a total of forty Teacher Seminars and receives thousands of applicants yearly.
  • Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman complete their donation of the Gilder Lehrman Collection to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

2009

  • Gilder Lehrman’s American History: An Introduction (History in a Box series) wins award from the American Association of Museums.
  • Gilder Lehrman receives We the People Challenge Grant of $1,000,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

2008

  • The Gilder Lehrman Special Exhibits Gallery opens at the Gettysburg National Military Park’s new Museum and Visitors Center.
  • Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor leads special Gilder Lehrman teacher seminar on “The History of the Judiciary” in Washington, DC.
  • The Council of Independent Colleges presents the Award for Academic Excellence to the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

2005

  • Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman receive the National Humanities Medal for their work in advancing history education and for co-founding the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
  • Gilder Lehrman partners with Washington College and Mount Vernon to found the George Washington Book Prize. The first George Washington Book Prize is awarded to Ron Chernow for Alexander Hamilton.
  • The first History in a Box, The Founding Era: People, Places, and Politics, is published.
  • The Gilder Lehrman Gallery at Mount Vernon opens.
  • The Organization of American Historians presents the Institute with the Friend of History Award.

2004

  • Gilder Lehrman increases number of Teacher Seminars offered to twenty, raising the number of attendees to more than 600 each summer.
  • Kathleen Kean, teacher at Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin, wins the first National History Teacher of the Year Award, presented by First Lady Laura Bush.
  • Gilder Lehrman launches History Now, a quarterly online journal.

2003

  • Gilder Lehrman partners with school districts on its first three Teaching American History grants.
  • History Scholars Program for undergraduates begins.
  • Gilder Lehrman Collection placed on deposit at the New-York Historical Society.

2002

  • First website launched with the Gilder Lehrman Collection searchable online catalogue.

1999

1998

1997

  • Gilder Lehrman creates first traveling exhibition, Free at Last: History of the Abolition of Slavery in America.
  • The Institute co-sponsors the Lincoln Prize with Gettysburg College.

1996

  • The first history high school, the Academy of American Studies, opens in Long Island City, New York.
  • Gilder Lehrman launches Historians’ Forums, a lecture series by eminent historians on their most recent books.

1994

  • Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman found the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
  • Seeds of Discord: The Politics of Slavery, an exhibition at the Pierpont Morgan Library, opens, featuring documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection.
  • The first Gilder Lehrman teacher seminar, “The Origins and Nature of New World Slavery,” is held at Yale University and led by Professor David Brion Davis.

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