Free Summer History School Courses Open for Enrollment

Now in its third summer, we are pleased to offer free Gilder Lehrman History School courses for elementary, middle, and high school students.

History School provides engaging live interactive sessions with Master Teachers, who present lessons anchored in primary source documents, many from the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s collection of more than 80,000 American history artifacts. The goal is to engage students and excite them about history so that they leave each lesson more knowledgeable about a new idea, theme, document, or pivotal moment in history.

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COURSE FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Parents/Guardians register students.

History Camp: National Park Adventure

Course leader Dale Hoggatt was named the 2021 Missouri History Teacher of the Year.Each week, students will “visit” a different National Park Service site from historical sites to natural parks. They will get to learn about the history of the land, why it was designated as a park site, and what it would be like to visit today.

  • The course begins on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
  • Classes will occur once a week for six weeks. There will not be a class on Thursday, July 26.
  • Classes will begin at 4:00 p.m. ET/ 1:00 p.m. PT.
  • Weekly classes are 60 minutes in length on Zoom. 

Find out more and register here.


COURSE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Parents/Guardians register students under 13.

Living History: Culture as a Force in Human Experience 

Course leader Corey Winchester teaches US History and Sociology of Class, Gender, and Race at Evanston Township High School. He was named the 2020 Illinois History Teacher of the Year.The goal of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore history through six modes of expression that are connected to the lived experiences of young people in the United States. We’ll be exploring histories of play, food, music, dance, sports, and visual arts. Many of the things that we do to express ourselves are rooted in important cultural traditions, experiences, and personal and collective histories. This course is designed to provide a space to share and learn about the shared historical aspects of our humanity in the context of living in the United States while also acknowledging and embracing the differences in who we are.

  • The course begins on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.
  • Classes will occur once a week for six weeks.
  • Classes will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET/ 2:00 p.m. PT.
  • Weekly classes are 60 minutes in length on Zoom.

Find out more and register here.


COURSE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

World War I and II: Life on the Home Front

Course leader Daniel Jocz was selected as the 2016 California Teacher of the Year and was one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. In 2018 he was named the California History Teacher of the Year.This course will examine how America’s participation in each war shaped events and experiences at home. Some of the topics covered in the course include race, immigration, the national economy, and women’s rights, among many others. Each class will feature lectures, class discussions, and primary and secondary source analysis.

  • The course begins on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
  • Classes will occur once a week for six weeks.
  • Classes will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET/ 2:00 p.m. PT.
  • Weekly classes are 60 minutes in length on Zoom.

Find out more and register here.


AP US Government and Politics: The Required Supreme Court Cases

Course leader Kevin Cline teaches United States history and government at Frankton High School in Frankton, Indiana. In 2016 he was named the National History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute.The AP US Government and Politics test requires strong knowledge of fifteen landmark Supreme Court cases considered to offer a range of significant Constitutional questions. This course will involve in-depth study and analysis of those fifteen cases. We will focus on each case by exploring the background, message, and impact of each on American history and government. In addition, we will discuss how these cases might be used on the AP exam to increase students’ confidence in preparing for the test.

  • The course begins on Thursday, July 7, 2022.
  • Classes will occur once a week for six weeks.
  • Classes will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET/ 2:00 p.m. PT.
  • Weekly classes are 60 minutes in length on Zoom.

Find out more and register here.


AP United States History

Course leader Sara Ziemnik has taught American history and world history for twenty years at Rocky River High School in Ohio. In 2017 she was awarded National History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute. This course will introduce students to the nine periods covered by the College Board’s AP United States History curriculum. Students will use the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s APUSH Study Guide and primary source documents to discuss major historical topics. Additionally, this course will focus on strategies for reading and writing that will prove essential for any student planning to take the APUSH exam during the 2022–2023 school year. The aim is to enable students to get the highest possible score on the exam and to come away with a deeper understanding of American history. 

  • This is an asynchronous course.
  • Course access will begin July 5, 2022
  • The course consists of thirteen 60-minute previously recorded videos.
  • Two optional Q&A live sessions will occur at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 28 and Thursday, August 11 with a Master Teacher on Zoom

Find out more and register here.