Programs & Events

3-Day Regional (New York, NY), July 13-15: 9-11 and American Memory

Due to the growing health crisis and restrictions on in-person gatherings, the Gilder Lehrman Institute will not be able to offer in-person Teacher Seminars this summer. We are working on an alternative offering for the summer. Please visit for updates.

In Partnership with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum


Edward T. Linenthal, Professor of History, Indiana University Bloomington


This joint Gilder Lehrman Institute / National September 11 Memorial & Museum seminar for teachers will investigate the historical causes and background, the immediate impact, and the ongoing legacies of the attacks of September 11, 2001. We will use the extraordinary collections of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum as well as the historic site and memorial itself as subjects in our inquiry into the nature of commemoration. We will consider the classroom potential of oral history and we will appreciate the power of material culture in the form of relics. Finally, we will explore the role of the media and the arts (visual and written) in forging the reactions to and interpretations of 9/11. Our seminar will be held in the Museum’s Education Center. 

Seminar Policies

This seminar is one of four 3-day Regional Seminars being offered in 2020. Each 3-day seminar will offer topics ranging from the Founding Era through 9/11 with priority given to teachers in the region. This format allows teachers to receive high-quality professional development without traveling far from home. 

This seminar will be held at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, 180 Greenwich Street, New York, NY. The Memorial is accessible via the A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains (at Fulton Street), and the E, R, and 1 trains (at Cortlandt Street), along with the PATH (NWK-WTC line, at World Trade Center), the M55, M20, and M22 buses, and ferries docking at Pier 11 and the Brookfield Place Terminal.  

On-street parking in lower Manhattan is extremely limited, and the Memorial does not provide parking. In Manhattan, the Battery Parking Garage is at 70 Greenwich Street, with alternate entrances at 81 Washington Street and 20 Morris Street. If traveling by car from New Jersey or other points west, the Harrison PATH station has a convenient location to park in an adjacent parking facility and take PATH to the World Trade Center.


All on-campus meals (breakfast and lunch) will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


Please be sure to review the Institute’s policies on independent school teacher participation before applying.


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

Seminar Year: 2019-2020