History School

Summer 2023

Check back in 2023 for updated information on History School courses for Summer 2023. Below you can find information about History School 2022.

Summer 2022

Since the Gilder Lehrman Institute launched History School in April 2020, more than 5,000 students have participated in twenty-eight courses with our award-winning teachers. In History School, master teachers present lessons anchored in primary source documents, many from the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s collection of more than 75,000 American history artifacts. Our 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.

History School is back for another fun summer of learning! This summer we are offering five virtual courses with opportunities for students in upper elementary, middle, and high school. High school students are welcome to enroll in our AP US History, AP Government and Politics, and World Wars courses. We are offering a Living History course for middle school students exploring the history of food, music, dance, art, and more. During History Camp upper elementary school students will travel to different national parks across the country and talk to rangers about the history of their sites. These free courses will provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of American history through innovative lessons and activities.

We can’t wait for you to join us! For more information, please email historyschool@gilderlehrman.org.

Students must have a Gilder Lehrman account to register for a History School course. Log in or create a free account here.

With the exception of our AP US History course, which is asynchronous, the following courses consist of six live sessions, one per week, hosted on Zoom. For a more detailed description of each course please visit the corresponding registration page.

Course Recommended Audience Date/Time

History Camp: National Park Adventure


Upper elementary students

(grades 3–5)

Tuesdays, July 5–August 16

4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT

Living History: Culture as a Force in Human Experience


Middle school students

(grades 6–8)

Wednesdays, July 6– August 10

5 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. PT

World Wars I and II: Life on the Home Front


High school students

(grades 9–12)

Tuesdays, July 5– August 9

5 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. PT

AP US Government and Politics: The Required Supreme Court Cases


High school students

(grades 9–12)

Thursdays, July 7– August 11

5 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. PT

AP US History


High school students

(grades 9–12)

Thursday, July 28 and Thursday, August 11

5 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. PT

Attending a Course

Parents/guardians and students over 13 will be able to register on the course page. For students under 13, parents/guardians must register students. All sessions will be live, on Zoom. Registered students will be added to the course’s online learning community before the first session. This will provide access to Zoom links, course recordings, and recommended resources. Students must be registered for the course to access all recordings.

Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend the course but are asked not to participate in polls or submit discussion questions so that we may prioritize student learning.

Protecting Privacy and Keeping Students Safe on Zoom

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is committed to making History School a secure experience. In order to safeguard our program we have elected to put the following safety features into each History School class.

  • The chat feature will be monitored.
  • Cameras will automatically turn off.
  • Microphones will automatically turn off.
  • Gilder Lehrman staff will monitor each session.

If you have any questions or concerns about safety and security, please email us at historyschool@gilderlehrman.org