History School

2021–2022 Academic Year

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.

We will not be running live History School classes during the 2021–2022 academic year, but our current plan is to offer the program again in summer 2022. We are actively working to find new ways to continue to serve students—stay tuned for more in the near future! We encourage you to explore our website for other educational resources, student opportunities such as the transcription project and internships as well as other live programing such as Book Breaks and Inside the Vault. Recordings of fall 2020 and spring 2021 classes are available here. A full catalog of Hamilton Cast Read Alongs can be found here.

We look forward to learning with you again in summer 2022!


For more information, please email historyschool@gilderlehrman.org

Attending a Class

Parents/guardians and students over 13 will be able to register on the class 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, class recordings, and recommended resources. Class recordings will not be posted online, students must be registered for the course to access them.

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