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

Inside the Vault

Inside the Vault: Highlights from the Gilder Lehrman Collection is a presentation of documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection on Zoom. Join our curators and learn the fascinating stories behind the documents. This event is for teachers, students and their families — and everyone with an interest in history!

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Book Breaks

Gilder Lehrman Book Breaks features the most exciting history scholars in America discussing their books live with host William Roka, followed by a Q&A with home audiences.

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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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Gilder Lehrman Annual Gala

Given the COVID-19 crisis, we have cancelled our annual Gala which was scheduled for May 14, 2020. Looking ahead, we have scheduled the 2021 Gala for May 18 at the Mandarin Oriental New York.

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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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Pace–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History Program

Teachers affiliated with the Institute may enroll in this fully online, fully accredited, 30-credit degree program.

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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

Click below to learn more about the Hamilton Education Program expanding nationwide and our new online pilot program:

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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.

Unlimited access to our website and DIGITAL RESOURCES


Exclusive eligibility for TEACHER SEMINARS

Monthly distributions of FREE BOOKS, POSTERS, AND MORE


25% off at the Gilder Lehrman HISTORY SHOP

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For Students

Online History School

Attend live free online courses on American History run by master teachers.

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Hamilton Cast Read Alongs

Hamilton Cast Read Alongs is a new program that features Hamilton cast members reading award-winning children’s books followed by a discussion of the history behind the story led by Gilder Lehrman Education Fellow Keisha Rembert.

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EduHam at Home

EduHam at Home provides a family version of EduHam that can be accomplished outside of a school setting. It will continue to be available through August 2020.

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College and high school students can apply for internships.

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Student Essay Contest

Elementary school students can enter the 50 States, 1 Nation writing contest.

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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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