Education at CBH

The Center for Brooklyn History education department connects students, educators, and archivists in New York City and beyond to unique collections, programs, and events that bring the history of Brooklyn to life.

For students

We make the archive a more inclusive place for students of all backgrounds by giving them the agency to engage and interrogate collections through a culturally responsive lens. By broadening the definition of researcher, students are given access to primary sources while developing their critical research skills. Our signature partnership program, Brooklyn Connections, offers fourth through twelfth grade classes rare access to original archival materials while students complete customized, standards-based projects.

Our work with students extends beyond the school day to our youth internship program that assists youth college, career, and employment readiness skills.

And, beginning in 2021, CBH is thrilled to be the home of New York City History Day.

For educators

Every school year, we offer a robust array of professional development workshops where guest speakers engage educators in fascinating content knowledge while our team models lesson plans and activities that transfer to any classroom. CBH Education is a New York State-certified provider of Continuing Teacher and Leadership Education (CTLE) credit and ASPDP “P” credits. Our events introduce educators to New York City cultural institutions that can support their students with class visits and field trips. Educators can access our customized lesson plans, research guides, and more by visiting our educator resources page anytime.

For archivists

CBH Education encourages archivists and archives educators to replicate and adapt our model in their own communities. We make our resources and teaching strategies openly available for archivists to access. Our team can be found speaking at conferences and publishing widely to promote the work we do to the archival community. For more information about our resources for archivists, please contact us.

Contact us

For Brooklyn Connections, Teen Scholars, Professional Development Opportunities, or General Inquiries

For New York City History Day

CBH Education is generously supported by The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, The Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, The Hearst Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Michael Tuch Foundation, The Nissan Foundation, National Grid Foundation, The Pine Tree Foundation, and Con Edison.

Upcoming Events

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Jul 26 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

CBH Talk | “We Refuse: A Forceful History of Black Resistance” with Kellie Carter Jackson and Lauren Williams

Tue, Jul 30 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

author talks book discussion BPL Presents

In We Refuse: A Forceful History of Black Resistance, historian Kellie Carter Jackson presents a radical reframing of Black resistance, exploring the many forms of activism employed against white supremacy over centuries, and offering a fundamental corrective to the historical record.

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Aug 2 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Aug 9 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

brooklyn history Center for Brooklyn History exhibitions

Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

Collage with our Collection!

Fri, Aug 9 5:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

arts and crafts BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History

We supply images of historic Brooklyn maps. You bring your creative touch!  Join us for an evening of conversation and collage-making inspired by the Center for Brooklyn History’s incomparable Brooklyn map collection. We’ll have copies of some of our favorite Brooklyn maps dating as…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Aug 16 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

brooklyn history Center for Brooklyn History exhibitions

Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Aug 23 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

brooklyn history Center for Brooklyn History exhibitions

Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Aug 30 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

brooklyn history Center for Brooklyn History exhibitions

Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

CBH Talk | The Embattled University

Wed, Sep 4 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

As the new academic year starts, join three former and current higher education leaders for a conversation about the crises and controversies on campuses across the country. 

Nicholas B. Dirks, veteran university administrator at both the University of California Berkeley and…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Sep 6 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

brooklyn history Center for Brooklyn History exhibitions

Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

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