Since 1991, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) has offered elementary students an unparalleled opportunity to engage with New York City’s past by exploring the diverse culture and architecture of Greenwich Village. We are pleased to invite your class to participate in GVSHP’s education program, Greenwich Village: History and Historic Preservation, which highlights the uniqueness of Greenwich Village’s historic built environment and the importance of preserving and learning from our past.
Led by qualified educators and aligning with New York State and City learning standards for Social Studies, English, Language Arts, and the Arts, History and Historic Preservation functions as a wonderful foundation for the study of the history and development of New York City. The program offers two choices focusing on diverse themes and distinct areas of the Village and is tailored to the needs of your individual class. During each of the three interactive sessions, the program provides an introduction to New York City social history and basic architectural features for younger students, while encouraging students in the upper grades to think critically and integrate more advanced social and architectural concepts into a wider historical context.
Session 1: A Peek into the Past—Historic Investigation Activity
A GVSHP educator will visit your classroom & introduce students to Greenwich Village history. Students will develop their observational and analytical skills as they discover how a city and its neighborhoods change.
Session 2: Village Detectives—Walking Tour
You and your class will travel to Greenwich Village for Session 2, exploring the neighborhood’s unique structures and streets with a GVSHP educator. Using the concepts and vocabulary introduced in Session 1, students will examine the exteriors of homes, businesses, and public spaces and look for clues about how the Village has changed over time.
Session 3: Creative Construction—Art Project
Back in your classroom for Session 3, students will engage in an art project in which they will apply the historical and architectural lessons they have learned. While they integrate concepts inspired by the streetscape of Greenwich Village, your students will create a souvenir that will serve as a reminder of the discoveries and knowledge they came away with through their exploration of the neighborhood’ design and history.
Reduced fees are available- please ask about our scholarship program.
What Participating Teachers Say About the Program:
>The program is absolutely wonderful! Louisa M. 6th grade
>It brought to life the material we read about in class. Lillian B. 4th grade
>They learned a great deal about the daily life of immigrants and architecture. Erin N. 2nd grade
>This really ties into Common Core. April M. 2nd grade
Greenwich Village: History and Historic Preservation is generously funded by: the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Council Members Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin, and Corey Johnson ,and GVSHP members.
Fifth grade students at PS 9 investigate a historic photo.
Educators or parents interested in learning more about the program or how to register a class can contact GVSHP at (212) 475-9585 ext. 39 or email.
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