SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Our school programs were specially designed to fill a need for more social studies instruction time outside the classroom and in partnership with local cultural institutions.

PROJECTS CURRENTLY OFFERED

These hands-on sessions engage the students in a series of workshops dealing with a particular theme and culminate in a specific team project which illustrate the information gathered throughout the unit.

Map It!

Map-It! is an exciting project that involves students visualizing and studying their school’s neighborhood with historic resources.  This project exposes students to various materials and offers demonstrations of different methods of historic research.

With the collections and publications of The Bronx County Historical Society, students receive a hands-on experience working with primary source materials, exhibitions, neighborhood observations, and more.  Pupils create an exhibit based on the history of their school’s neighborhood, with a map, illustrations, and their captions and a short overview of the history of the neighborhood.  Map-It! allows for the integration of current curricula on European immigration, the American Revolution, industrialization, and the Civil War.  Students demonstrate an understanding of historical connections to geographical sites in their school’s neighborhood as they build on their research.  Students are divided into teams responsible for contributing to their final exhibit.  The small group structure allows one to focus on writing, illustration, and design tasks – all necessary tools to convey the story of one’s neighborhood to another audience.

By the end of the unit, students will be familiar with, and now have practical experience in, the concepts and job skills associated with exhibit and map production utilizing historic research.  All lessons and sessions are made in compliance with New York State Social Studies Learning Standards and the Common Core.

For schools on a budget, or for those who have a limited schedule, our 2 session Map-It! is an ideal choice.  This program includes:

– A history walking tour of the school’s neighborhood led by one of BCHS’s educators.
– An in-school session using the themes and information given on the walking tour to do a cross-curricular map activity.

Starting at: $450

This is the second of the three-tiered session Map-It! choices which offers more of the familiar Map-It! fundamentals which schools have come to enjoy.  This program includes:

– A history walking tour of the school’s neighborhood led by one of BCHS’s educators.
– 3 in-school sessions in which students and educators collaborate to create their own map using drawings and photographs.
– Presentation of maps at the school.

Starting at: $650

BCHS’s original Map-It! program and one schools have come to enjoy, the 6 session program offers:

– A history walking tour of the school’s neighborhood led by one of BCHS’s educators.
– A chance to visit the Bronx County Historical Society’s archives for a hands-on primary source workshop in which students can study up close original documents and learn about the importance of primary as well as secondary sources.  Students will also receive a tour of the Museum of Bronx History during this session.
– 4 in-school sessions in which students create their own map using the information they learned in the past two sessions.  Writing, drawing, and manipulating maps are all part of these sessions.
– Presentation of maps at the school, which includes an end-of-session reception.  Parents and administrators are invited to attend.

Starting at : $1500

Know Your Roots: The Bronx Genealogy Project

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The Bronx Genealogy Project introduces students to the method of researching and interpreting their personal history while strengthening their academic ability for the collegiate world.  This project offers skills to retrieve information from various book and web sources, electronic databases, and visits to libraries, museums and research archives.  Students will be given weekly assignments and will also compile a scrapbook with all their research findings.  All tools and training will be supplied for all aspects of the project and take home assignments are due for the following sessions.  This project adheres to ELA Common Core State Standards for Literacy and Informational Text Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and History/Social Studies.

Introducing our new 4-session Bronx Genealogy Project program!  For those groups who have limited time and budget, this 4 workshop program is right for you.  This includes:

– Full explanation of different print and online genealogical resources available free for participants through the Bronx County Historical Society.
– Access to BCHS’s library and archives for further research.
– All necessary handouts and tools to research and create their genealogical portfolio.

Limit 12 students

Starting at $1800.

This is our well known 6-session Bronx Genealogy Project program!  Students who have participated in our original program have discovered information about their families which was both enlightening and rewarding.  Our 6-session workshop includes:

– Full explanation of different print and online genealogical resources available free for participants through the Bronx County Historical Society.
–  Access to BCHS’s library and archives for further research
– Field trip to Woodlawn Cemetery for a seminar and tour by the cemetery’s educator.
– All necessary handouts and tools to research and create their genealogical portfolio.
– Books for each participant courtesy of the Bronx County Historical Society.
– Bus shuttle and refreshments.

Limit 12 students

Starting at $2500

MUSEUM TOURS FOR SCHOOL GROUPS

Guided tours of the BCHS historic house museums provide a unique experience in Bronx history and in our American heritage.  The Society has some of New York City’s greatest historical resources.  Our infrastructure provides access to the rich history of American democracy in The Bronx and New York City in general: from the American Revolution to the Underground Railroad to immigration to commerce and trade, and more.  Our collections and exhibits provide insight into the layered and complex history of New York City and the United States.

Museum of Bronx History

At the Museum of Bronx History, limageocated at the Valentine-Varian House, c. 1758, students enter a charming fieldstone farmhouse that was apart of Revolution War history.  Students will learn about the evolution of the building from a working house to an active museum and be able to see our special exhibitions on various aspects of Bronx history and culture.

Currently on exhibit until October 9, 2016 is Westchester Town/Bronx Beginnings.

Main St. West 1906 credited BCHS

Main St. West 1906 – BCHS

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

imageEdgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life in The Bronx at Poe Cottage, now located at Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse.  A small wooden farmhouse built in 1812, the cottage once commanded unobstructed vistas over the rolling Bronx hills to the shores of Long Island.  The great writer penned many of his most enduring poetical works, including Annabel LeeThe Bells, and The Cask of Amontillado.

At the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, students are immersed in a 19th century world.  Here, Poe, the literary figure and the man, is brought to life through a house tour that is complemented by an award-winning documentary.

Our school tours are $3 for students and $5 for chaperones.  Please contact BCHS at 718-881-8900 or email education@bronxhistoricalsociety.org for availability.

School Group Walking Tours

Take a Walk Through History – BCHS Historic Bronx Neighborhood Tours

The Bronx County Historical Society continues its well-known series of tours of its facilities, the borough and environs.  Our educators can create tours of your school’s area providing a cross-curricular, well-rounded and rewarding experience for students.  These outings by foot, bus, auto, train, or boat are offered year-round.

Our school group walking tours start at $250.  Please contact us at 718-881-8900 or email education@bronxhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

Lecture Series

Great Speakers, Fascinating Topics

The Bronx is a microcosm of the story of America.  It is home to over 1.4 million people with a rich diversity of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.  Since colonial days, The Bronx has stood at the crossroads of American history.

The Bronx County Historical Society Lecture Series connects you with more than 100 outstanding programs, campus convocations, lectures, teacher workshops, History Month observances, and conference keynote addresses.  Some of the lectures offered are:

Bronx Architecture, Waterways & Pathways of NYC, Edgar Allan Poe in Fordham, The American Revolution in The Bronx, Blacks in Colonial Bronx, The Bronx Latino History Project, The Bronx Through its People, Valentine-Varian House c. 1758 – 2nd Oldest Structure in The Bronx, Your School’s Neighborhood, and many more!

Our lectures start at $200.  Please contact us at 718-881-8900 or email education@bronxhistoricalsociety.org.