Written in collaboration with the Student Historians
One of the highlights of the Student Historian program is the opportunity to meet and collaborate with teen mentors and program alumni.
On December 2, we had a chance to share our expertise! We met with the Family Programs Interns, who are all in the second tier of the Student Historian Program. They introduced us to the DiMenna Children’s History Museum and explained their work supporting family programs. They then practiced reading to us and we then offered feedback as how to strengthen their skills. It was also an opportunity for us to think about how we will engage with our own audiences when leading tours.
On December 9, we traveled across Central Park to visit the Park Avenue Armory. There we met with the Armory Youth Corps, who were a great example of how to give an effective tour as they led us through their favorite rooms and objects. They also shared a project they had developed on “unplugging” and turning off cell phones and other technological devices in order to focus on being in the moment and interacting with other people rather than screens. Their project was inspired by guest artists Marina Abramović and Igor Levit performance of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
On January 6, we met with Student Historian Alumni. The alumni shared their experiences transitioning from high school to college and transferring the skill sets they developed during their internships to college life. They answered questions, which ranged from how to navigate living with roommates and being away from home for the first time, to choosing college courses and meeting professors’ expectations.
We look forward to continuing to connect with and learn from other teens as we develop tours of the New-York Historical Society’s collections for the Regents Review Night we are hosting on May 27. We will be working with the Teen Leaders, participants in the second tier of the Student Historian Program, to refine our tours through March. In April we will lead the Armory Youth Corps on the tours to introduce them to our work in connecting art and artifacts to the key themes and events covered in the U.S. Government and History Regents Exam.