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
TEACHING NEW YORK CITY HISTORY K-12
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.