We hope you will join us in our teen-led U.S. History & Government Regents Review Prep & Tour. The Student Historians will lead their fellow high school students on tours that connect artifacts on view at the New-York Historical Society to the topics covered in the Regents exams. The evening also includes fun review activities, food and refreshments, and raffle prizes.
The Student Historian program is a comprehensive internship and youth development program that gives students vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of American art and history. As a Student Historian, one of the most exciting parts of the internship is the creation of an original tour. Our Student Historians each chose from hundreds of artifacts in the museum, making sure the object is connected to the U.S. History & Government Regents. Once they selected their artifacts, they began their research using resources from the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library and immersed themselves in the historical context of the artifacts, deciding ultimately how they would associate each artifact to the topics covered in the Regents.
Joseph is shown here practicing his tour with the Caricature of Bertrand Russell. Russell was a mathematician, writer, and political figure who spoke out against the dangers of nuclear armament in the 1940s-1960s. Joseph’s tour connects this comical sketch to the Cold War through the development of nuclear bombs, the U.S. policy of containment, and the resulting blockade of Cuba.
David Levine, Caricature of Bertrand Russell, 1962. Collection of New-York Historical Society, 2012.39
Here, Caryssa is offering insight into her artifact, Life Cast of Abraham Lincoln’s Left and Right Hands. These casts, made by Leonard Volk while Lincoln was on the campaign trail, show his right hand swollen from constant handshaking and a scar on his left thumb from his days as a rail-splitter. Caryssa uses these artifacts to explore how arguments over slavery led to a series of compromises and, eventually, the Civil War.
Leonard Volk, Life Cast Abraham Lincoln’s Left and Right Hands, 1886. Patinated Bronze, Collection of New-York Historical Society, Gift from Mr. Rodman Glilder, 1949.20
Jack chose as his object the bust of John Jay by Giusaeppe Ceracchi in 1791, made with the hope that the artist might receive a commission from the United States Congress to sculpt a monument celebrating the American Revolution. In his tour, Jack shares how John Jay played a leading role in the development of the U.S. government, serving on the First Continental Congress, writing The Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, and being appointed by President George Washington as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Giuseppe Ceracchi, John Jay, 1792. Painted Plaster, Collection of New-York Historical Society, X.52
Zainab’s artifact are slave shackles, which are especially upsetting because they were made to restrain a child. Her tour stop highlights the laws and acts passed to either continue or end slavery including the Fugitive Slave Act, Dred Scott Decision, and Emancipation Proclamation. She also explores the work of the Abolitionist Movement through activist Frederick Douglass, author Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman.
Unidentified maker, Slave Shackles Intended for a Child, ca. 1800. Metal, Gilder Lehrman Collection GLC06151