History of the Institute
Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman found the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Seeds of Discord: The Politics of Slavery, an exhibition at the Pierpont Morgan Library, opens, featuring documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection.
The first Gilder Lehrman teacher seminar, “The Origins and Nature of New World Slavery,” is held at Yale University and led by Professor David Brion Davis.
The first history high school, the Academy of American Studies, opens in Long Island City, New York.
Gilder Lehrman launches Historians’ Forums, a lecture series by eminent historians on their most recent books.
Gilder Lehrman creates first traveling exhibition, Free at Last: History of the Abolition of Slavery in America.
The Institute co-sponsors the Lincoln Prize with Gettysburg College.
With support from the Gilder Foundation, the Institute founds the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, headed by David Brion Davis.
Gilder Lehrman mounts George Washington: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Time, an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society.
Ira Berlin and Philip Morgan receive the first Frederick Douglass Book Prize.
First website launched with Gilder Lehrman Collection searchable online catalogue.
Gilder Lehrman partners with school districts on its first three Teaching American History grants.
History Scholars Program for undergraduates begins.
Gilder Lehrman Collection placed on deposit at the New-York Historical Society.
Kathleen Kean, teacher at Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin, wins the first National History Teacher of the Year Award, presented by First Lady Laura Bush.
Gilder Lehrman launches History Now, a quarterly online journal.
Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman receive the National Humanities Medal for their work in advancing history education and for co-founding the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Gilder Lehrman partners with Washington College and Mount Vernon to found the George Washington Book Prize. The first George Washington Book Prize is awarded to Ron Chernow for Alexander Hamilton.
The first History in a Box, The Founding Era: People, Places, and Politics, is published.
The Gilder Lehrman Gallery at Mount Vernon opens.
The Organization of American Historians presents the Institute with the Friend of History Award.
The Gilder Lehrman Special Exhibits Gallery opens at the Gettysburg National Military Park’s new Museum and Visitors Center.
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor leads special Gilder Lehrman teacher seminar on “The History of the Judiciary” in Washington, DC.
The Council of Independent Colleges presents the Award for Academic Excellence to the Gilder Lehrman Institute.
Gilder Lehrman’s American History: An Introduction (History in a Box series) wins award from American Association of Museums.
Gilder Lehrman receives We the People Challenge Grant of $1,000,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman complete their donation of the Gilder Lehrman Collection to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities awards Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academies its National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, presented by First Lady Michelle Obama.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute launches new website: Home for History.