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. 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.


Museum Tours For School Groups

Guided tours of The Society’s landmark 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 sites provide access to the rich history of American democracy in The Bronx and New York City, 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 the United States.

Museum of Bronx History/Valentine-Varian House
At the Museum of Bronx History, located at the Valentine-Varian House, c. 1758, students enter a charming fieldstone farmhouse that was a part of Revolutionary War history. Students will learn about the evolution of the building from a working blacksmith’s house to an active museum and be able to see special exhibitions on various aspects of Bronx history and culture. Click here to learn more about the museum and its exhibitions.


The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
Poe spent the last years of his life in The Bronx at the Cottage, now located at Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse.  Built in 1812, the small wooden farmhouse once commanded unobstructed vistas over the rolling Bronx hills to the shores of Long Island Sound.  The great writer penned many of his most enduring works, including Annabel LeeThe Bells, and The Cask of Amontillado. At Poe Cottage, students are immersed in a 19th century world. Click here to learn more about the cottage.

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

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, bicycle, auto, train, or boat are offered year-round.

Our school group walking tours start at $300.  Please contact us at 718-881-8900 or email education@bronxhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

Lecture Series

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.