Register Now for the Summer 2021 History School

  • Teachers looking to give summer credit or prepare students for upcoming school year topics—
  • Families looking for a fun way into history for kids—
  • Elementary, middle, and high school students looking for something interesting to do this summer—

Gilder Lehrman 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 75,000 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.

Registration is open through Monday, July 12. For more information, please email historyschool@gilderlehrman.org.

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COURSES FOR ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Parents/Guardians must register students for these courses.

Hamilton Cast Read Alongs

Christopher Jackson read "The Escape of Robert Smalls: A Daring Voyage Out of Slavery" written by Jehan Jones-Radgowski and illustrated by Poppy Kang in a spring 2021 Hamilton Cast Read Along.Elementary-age students and families

Hamilton cast members read aloud children’s books on American history topics. The 2019 Illinois History Teacher of the Year, Keisha Rembert, leads a discussion on the book with the Hamilton cast member.

Class and course duration: 30 minutes a week for 8 weeks

Recordings will be posted on the course page on Fridays at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT starting June 25, 2021.

History Camp: Life in Colonial Times

"Maison de Johnson dans le pays des Mohawks," ca. 1837 (Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC08878.0035)Upper elementary students (3rd–5th grade)

Students will explore what life was like for people in the colonial era with Master Teacher Stacie Christenson, 2020 Idaho History Teacher of the Year, who will discuss topics including the differences between the thirteen colonies, colonial fashion, food, recreation, and day-to-day experiences of the eighteenth century.

Class and course duration: 60 minutes a week for 6 weeks

Dates: June 30–August 11, 2021

Day/time: Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT


COURSES FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Parents/guardians register students under 13. Students 13 and over can register themselves.

Immigration and the American Story

"Food Will Win the War" poster, ca. 1917 (Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC09522)The United States is a nation of immigrants, and immigration has always been central to the American experience. Students will watch six 30-minute lecture videos by Professor Vincent Cannato, University of Massachusetts Boston, at their own pace and join live sessions with Master Teacher Jermain Corbin to delve deeper into the content.

Class and course duration: 90 minutes a week for 6 weeks

Dates: June 29–August 3, 2021

Day/time: Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT

History in the Making 

The Gilder Lehrman Collection is proud to launch History in the Making to build a collection of stories from our community during this historic period. We invite you to learn about past challenges and how communities recorded their experiences with our curator. Then add your own reflections on the past year to the Gilder Lehrman Collection with Master Teachers Mandel Holland and Gena Oppenheim.

Class and course duration: 1 hour of class time and 1 hour outside of class for 6 weeks

Dates: June 29–August 3, 2021

Day/time: Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT

The Global Cold War

Nikita Khrushchev and President John F. Kennedy, Vienna, Austria, 1961 (Library of Congress)Students will dive into Cold War topics they may be familiar with and approach them through an international lens with Master Teacher Daniel Jocz, 2018 California History Teacher of the Year.

Class and course duration: 60 minutes a week for 6 weeks

Dates: June 29–August 3, 2021

Day/time: Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT


COURSES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Students register for the entire course.

AP United States History, Test Preparation

Patrick Henry Addressing the Virginia Assembly, ca. 1856 (Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC08878.0048)This course will be a combination of self-paced videos and live sessions. Live sessions will offer students the opportunity to ask master teacher Corey Winchester (2020 Illinois History Teacher of the Year) questions based on the content covered that week in the videos.

Class and course duration: 1 hour of class time and 1 hour outside of class each week for 6 weeks

Dates: July 1–August 5, 2021

Day/time: Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT

AP US Government and Politics: Foundational Documents

The AP US Government and Politics test requires strong knowledge of nine documents considered to be foundational to American government. Master Teacher Kevin Cline (2016 National History Teacher of the Year) will focus on in-depth study and discussion of those nine documents to increase knowledge of and confidence in this aspect of the AP course.

Class and course duration: 60 minutes a week for 6 weeks

Dates: June 30–August 9, 2021

Day/time: Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT