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Center on History and Education

Teachers College, Columbia University

Welcome to the Center on History and Education

We are pleased to announce that in September 2018, Ansley T. Erickson, Associate Professor of History and Education, and Thomas James, Professor of History, became co-directors of the Center on History and Education.

The 2018-19 year has been focused on planning the Center’s vision and workplan for the future. Check back for more information in Fall 2019.

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Director: Ansley T. Erickson and Thomas James



Teachers College, Summer Session, 1920


Global History and Professional Development for NYC Social Studies Teachers at the Center

In partnership with the NYC DOE Social Studies Department and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Center on History and Education is proud to offer a full day of professional learning on April 28, 2017 at Teachers College...


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...


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From the Archives

Greek-Americans in NYC: Settlement, the Church, and Schooling


 By: Fevronia K. Soumakis

Ellino-Amerikanopoulo (Feb.1962). Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, NY, NY.Ellino-Amerikanopoulo (Feb.1962). Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, NY, NY.

Pictured above is the vibrant front cover of the Greek-American Magazine for Children [Ellino-Amerikanopoulo], a monthly bilingual children’s magazine created for Greek-American students that circulated across the United States and Canada during the early 1960s.

Korean Cram Schools: Flushing, Queens, New York


 Photo by: Don Jacobsen, Newsday, August 28, 1983; Queens Library, NYC

by Jean Park

Published in 1983 by Newsday in a feature story titled, “The Koreans: Making a New Life in New York,” the photograph shows Korean children and their English teacher at a “hakwon” or Korean “cram school” in Flushing, Queens, New York...

On Arrival: Puerto Ricans in Post World War II New York

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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