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Center on History and Education

Teachers College, Columbia University

Welcome to the Center on History and Education

Established in 2012, The Center on History and Education encourages new scholarship in the history of education as this rich history is told across local institutions, organizations, and informal settings. Drawing from this research, the Center supports critical inquiry into history education and innovative strategies for teaching history that speak to the lived narratives of students in the K-12 public school classroom. The Center on History and Education has joined, in support of these initiatives, with the Programs in History and Education and Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Given our place in the nation’s largest, most diverse city, a primary consideration of the Center is to encourage an in-depth look at the history of education in New York City. Our interest is to examine this history from the perspective of the city’s changing neighborhoods, its educational, cultural, municipal, and religious institutions, and the social histories of those who have made New York City their home. 

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Coordinator: Dr. Bette Weneck

Contact Person: Dr. Bette Weneck * Email:

Phone: 212-678-3705

Fax: 212-678-3746


Teachers College, Summer Session, 1920



Beyond Primary Sources: Workshop for History Educators

In partnership with the Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML), Columbia University, and the Schomburg Center...


Think Tank: Teaching History with the Archives in Mind

The Center, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University, and the Schomburg Center...


Historical Literacy Matters: Developing Civic Capacity in Learners

In collaboration with the NYC Department of Education, Social Studies Department and...


Center to Participate in RewirED Series at CU

Center to participate in RewirED series sponsored by Columbia Center...


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From the Archives

On Arrival: Puerto Ricans in Post-WW II New York

by John Shekitka

Photo by: Dick DeMarsica, Harlem/World Telegram & Sun, April 29, 1947, Courtesy of Library of Congress

From the collections of the Library of Congress, the photograph shows a group of Puerto Ricans in 1947 at Newark Airport in Newark, New Jersey. Granted United States citizenship ......

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