About the Education Department

Brooklyn Historical Society's school programs make the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, engaging, and meaningful for Pre-K – 12 audiences and strengthen the teaching of history in classrooms across New York City. Our school programs connect local events with broad themes in US history and STEM subjects, build students’ critical-thinking skills, and offer a space for students to practice researching, communicating, and working like historians, engineers, and artists. Age-appropriate programs are tailored to the specific needs of teachers and students at the preschool, elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Our suite of programs includes:

Brooklyn’s complex past provides opportunities for celebration as well as reckoning with difficult legacies such as racism, community displacement, and economic inequity. As they explore and analyze BHS’s unique primary source materials students develop the intellectual and socio-emotional tools to unpack pressing contemporary issues and concepts around power, justice, identity, and community.

Contact us: education@brooklynhistory.org

Brooklyn Historical Society programs support Common Core and New York City Social Studies Scope and Sequence and can be seamlessly integrated into ELA, art, science, and math curricula. Our emphasis on document analysis, critical thinking, and evidence-based reasoning with original primary-source texts helps to build transferrable skills that benefit students across disciplines. Brooklyn Historical Society is a registered vendor with the New York City Department of Education (vendor ID: BRO-120000).

Thank You to our Funders

Education programs at Brooklyn Historical Society are generously supported by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Con Edison, The Bay and Paul Foundations, The Ferriday Fund Charitable Trust, The Packer Collegiate Institute, the Pinkerton Foundation, the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, the Kinder Morgan Foundation, The Nissan Foundation, and the Michael Tuch Foundation, Inc.

Additional funding provided by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; New York State Assembly Members James Brennan and Jo Ann Simon; New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson; and New York City Council Members Inez Barron, Laurie Cumbo, Chaim Deutsch, Mathieu Eugene, Brad Lander, and Stephen Levin.

Programs are also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.



BLDG 92 education programs are made possible through generous support from Con Edison, and The Pinkerton Foundation.