Programs & Events

The Institute promotes and celebrates accomplishments in American history education and scholarship at every level. Deepen your understanding and appreciation of American history by participating in a program or joining the Institute’s growing network of teachers, students, scholars, and supporters.

For Everyone

Traveling Exhibitions

The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers traveling panel exhibitions for display at schools, libraries, and other sites in the continental United States. These informative, colorful displays cover ten major topics in American history.

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Self-Paced Courses

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Self-Paced Course series offers graduate-level online courses taught by eminent historians, available to watch or listen to at your own time and pace, with no deadlines or expiration dates.

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For Teachers

National History teacher of the year

Great teachers make a world of difference in the classroom, and students of all ages can show their appreciation by nominating an outstanding American history teacher for this prestigious national award.

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Professional Development

The Institute offers a wide range of professional development opportunities in American history, from customized in-person training at your school with scholars and master teachers, to rigorous weeklong teacher seminars, and online courses for CEUs and graduate credits.

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Library Programs

Libraries are eligible for Affiliate membership and participation in grant-funded programs.

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Hamilton Education Program

Hamilton Musical Logo

The Hamilton Education Program is expanding nationwide for the 2017–2018 school year, as the musical Hamilton goes on tour.

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Affiliate School Program

The Affiliate School Program provides free resources and opportunities for K–12 teachers and students, bringing American history to life in the classroom. The registration process is easy and there are no hidden fees. The program is an extension of the Institute’s mission to promote the teaching and learning of American history through educational programs and resources.

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Unlimited access to our website and digital resources

Free primary sources

Exclusive eligibility for Teacher Seminars

Monthly distributions of free books, posters, and more

Cash prizes for student essay contests

Free panel exhibitions

25% off at the Gilder Lehrman History Shop

For Students

Student Essay Contests

Participate in the annual Civil War and Dear George Washington essay contests.

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Internships

College and high school students can apply for internships.

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History Scholar Award

The award recognizes outstanding college juniors and seniors for excellence in American history.

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Saturday Academies

Attend free elective courses in American history at a Saturday Academy.

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Flagship Schools

Learn more about Gilder Lehrman Flagship Schools in New York City.

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For Historians and Writers

Scholarly Fellowships

The Institute offers annual short-term research fellowships to doctoral candidates, college and university faculty, and independent scholars working in American history.

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National Book Prizes

The Institute co-sponsors the Lincoln, Washington, Military History, and Douglass prizes for outstanding books in American history.

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