HHT is dedicated to inspiring future generations to carry forth the important work of promoting and preserving our history, and one of the primary roles of our partner sites is to educate residents, schoolchildren, and visitors about NYC’s rich heritage.
StarQuest Initiative for Future Leaders
In honor of the organization’s 30th anniversary, HHT created the StarQuest Initiative for Future Leaders in memory of former NYC Parks Commissioner Henry Stern. This initiative bolsters HHT’s thriving internship program that mentors graduate and undergraduate students, provides opportunities for local high school students to explore careers in the world of preservation, and instills a sense of joy and wonder in New York City.
From Classrooms to the Real World
HHT’s team members jump at the chance to mentor up-and-coming preservationists using our partner sites as case studies. In 2019 and 2020, HHT’s Capital Team met with Columbia University graduate students at Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and the Little Red Lighthouse in Upper Manhattan to discuss design solutions for barrier-free access at historic sites.
In 2018, HHT and the Lewis Latimer House in Queens hosted students from the Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School, a technical high school for hands-on skills training in the specialized building arts. Under the direction of HHT, these budding preservationists painted every shutter at the house with supplies donated by Benjamin Moore & Co. Through this collaboration, the students provided a valuable service in restoring the appearance of the house and protecting the shutters from future damage. In addition, the students were afforded the opportunity to learn more about the impact of Lewis Latimer and this significant resource in HHT’s collection.
Past Educational Projects
In the past HHT has played an instrumental role in offering guidance and support to help site educators strengthen their museums and fulfill their roles as essential community resources. For years the organization maintained a Director of Education staff position to complete this important work, but most of our partner sites now maintain educational staff members who excel in this role.
HHT’s member sites currently offer a wide variety of programs for school groups. For information on current programs, to discuss any special needs for your class, or to schedule a visit, please contact the education departments at each house directly.