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From October 5-14, 2001, we spearheaded a grand coalition of history producers that celebrated New York City's Historical resources by putting on the First Gotham History Festival. It was held at the CUNY Graduate Center, and at history museums and societies, colleges and libraries, schools and churches throughout the metropolis. The Festival drew thousands of people - from around town and around the country - to hundreds of events that explored our city's past, and that past's relation to our present and future. The opening conference was audio taped and is available for sale on our website. Many papers can also be downloaded for free.


Our teaching initiative aims to enhance students' knowledge and appreciation of New York City history. By assisting teachers in public and private schools city-wide, the Gotham Center hopes to improve instruction and raise student achievement. We do this via workshops, courses, seminars and a regular Teaching NYC History Conference featuring teachers and educators presenting examples of what's worked in classrooms. The Center is also developing a NYC history curriculum called History, First Hand, in a partnership with School District #1 and City Lore, supported by the US Department of Education. The curriculum from History, First Hand will be available on our web site for downloading.


The History Forum showcases the best new work on New York City history. Presentations by, and conversations with, historians and history makers are moderated by Gotham Center Director Mike Wallace. All events are free and open to the general public. All sessions are held at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. See Gotham Center History Forums for current and past offerings.


In addition, we envision future activities including:

  • organizing a history museum round table for scholars and curators;
  • publishing a popular New York City history magazine;
  • holding conferences at which scholars can share research findings;
  • assembling and updating catalogues of sources on New York City history for (1) the general public, (2) public school students, and (3) the scholarly community;
  • working with the New York Convention and Visitor Bureau to develop historical tourism;
  • sponsoring film, music, readings, and performing arts series based on Gotham's history.

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