Living History: Culture as a Force in Human Experience

The goal of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore history through six modes of expression that are connected to the lived experiences of young people in the United States. We’ll be exploring histories of play, food, music, dance, sports, and visual arts. Many of the things that we do to express ourselves are rooted in important cultural traditions, experiences, and personal and collective histories. This course is designed to provide a space to share and learn about the shared historical aspects of our humanity in the context of living in the United States while also acknowledging and embracing the differences in who we are.

Key Information

  • The course begins on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.
  • Classes will occur once a week for six weeks.
  • Classes will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET/ 2:00 p.m. PT.
  • Weekly classes are 60 minutes in length on Zoom. These sessions will incorporate a combination of lectures, activities conducted on the Zoom chat, polls, Q&As, and discussions.

Intended Audience

This course is for middle school students (grades 6–8). 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.

Schedule and Registration

Registration is for the full 6-session course. Students must have a Gilder Lehrman account to register for a History School course. Log in or create a free account here. Please follow the instructions on the registration page.

Once registered, students will be enrolled in the Gilder Lehrman Online Learning Community and have access to course content and materials.

Week 1

Wednesday, July 6, 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET


Week 2

Wednesday, July 13, 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET


Week 3

Wednesday, July 20, 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET


Week 4

Wednesday, July 27, 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET


Week 5

Wednesday, August 3, 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET


Week 6

Wednesday, August 10, 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET

“Visual Arts”

Meet Your Teacher

Corey Winchester teaches US History and Sociology of Class, Gender, and Race at Evanston Township High School where he is an Induction Co-Coordinator and staff coordinator of Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR). He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education (2016), received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching (2019), and was honored as Illinois History Teacher of the Year (2020). Mr. Winchester has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. He is currently a PhD student in Learning Sciences and a Social Sciences methods instructor in the Teacher Education program at Northwestern University. He is also a Senior Education Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Certificate of Completion

Students who attend 5 out of 6 classes can get a certificate from the Gilder Lehrman Institute confirming their participation in this History School course.

Please email if you have any questions.