Pop-Up History School

The Gilder Lehrman Pop-Up History School is a series of live interactive lessons by Master Teachers starting the week of April 27 and ending the week of May 25. Each week there will be two lessons for upper elementary, middle, and high school students. Lessons range in topic, some of which include the 1960 Rome Olympics, the Cold War, and what defines cultural liberty.

Our goal is to engage students and excite them about the historical content presented, so that they leave each lesson more knowledgeable about a new idea, theme, event, document, or pivotal moment in history. Master teachers will present some of their favorite lessons, geared to be relevant for any student across the country. Each lesson will be anchored in primary source documents, many from the Gilder Lehrman Collection of more than 70,000 American history artifacts.

Students are invited to join the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Master Teachers as they present meaningful and informative history lessons. The Gilder Lehrman Pop-Up History School’s live history lessons will be hosted on the video conference system Zoom, so all that is needed to participate is an internet connection. Classes are being held for students in elementary, middle, and high school. See the list below for classes, dates, and times.

To register for a class, you can select a session from the calendar below or from the full list of classes found on our class list page.

For more information, please email historyschool@gilderlehrman.org, or sign up for our email list here.

History School Class Schedule

UPPER ELEMENTARY (Grades 3–5): 20-minute lesson followed by a 10-minute Q&A

  • Wednesdays at 12:00 pm ET - Beginning May 6th - Hands-On History: Dressing up, Eating, and Building the Cold War with Mary Huffman 
  • Wednesdays at 3:30 pm ET -  Being American with Tim Bailey

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6–8): 30-minute lesson followed by a 10-minute Q&A

  • Thursdays at 2:00 pm ET - Facing Crisis Head On: Roberto Clemente, Kent State, and the Women's Army Corps with Joe Welch
  • Thursdays at 4:00 pm ET - Facing Crisis Head On: 1960 Rome Olympics, Mahalia Jackson, and Women as WWII Spies with Lois MacMillan

HIGH SCHOOL(Grades 9–12): 40-minute lesson followed by a 10-minute Q&A

  • Fridays at 1:00 pm ET - Defining Liberty with Nathan McAlister
  • Fridays at 3:00 pm ET - The Paradox of Liberty with Keisha Rembert

    Attending a Class

    Parents and students can register on the class calendar to sign up for a spot in an upcoming class or register on our class list page. An email with the class link will be sent out upon registration. For students under 13, parents must use their email to register students.

    Protecting Privacy and Keeping Students Safe on Zoom

    The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is committed to making the Gilder Lehrman Pop-Up History School a safe and 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 remain off.
    • Microphones will automatically remain 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