What is the Affiliate School Program? How much does it cost?

The Affiliate School Program is a special gateway to education resources, events, and tools designed to bring American history to life in the classroom. The program is funded by a “We the People” Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is free of cost to schools and their districts. To become familiar with the Institute, its mission, and offerings, please explore our website.

Why should my school join the Affiliate School Program?

The Affiliate School Program allows teachers and schools special access to resources in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and our website, as well as preferential consideration for our Teacher Seminars, one small traveling exhibition at no cost, and essay contests for students.

Affiliate Schools receive

  • Invitations to professional development opportunities for teachers, including exclusive access to Gilder Lehrman’s renowned teacher seminars
  • Discounted audit costs for online courses
  • Free and discounted Gilder Lehrman materials throughout the year
  • Special access to the Gilder Lehrman Collection and traveling exhibitions
  • Additional website content and features available only to teachers in Affiliate Schools

What is expected of a school once it becomes an Affiliate School?

We ask that each Affiliate School complete an annual survey to help us track and improve the effectiveness of the program. This allows the Institute to evaluate history education needs and report information about the grant to the National Endowment for the Humanities. The annual survey is sent out in June and takes no more than fifteen minutes to complete.

Affiliate School Registration Form

How do I register? How long does the registration process take? 

To register, please get your principal’s approval and then complete the Affiliate School registration form. The registration should take no more than thirty minutes to complete. You can save a draft of your registration form and return to it at a later time. Submitted forms are reviewed daily. Before you begin, we suggest you have the following information at hand:

  • Advisor’s contact information (first and last name, email)—the designated point of contact for the Gilder Lehrman Institute
  • Principal’s contact information (first and last name, email)
  • Brief demographic information about your school, including how many students are in each grade level, the racial/ethnic breakdown of your school, and school location

How long will it take to process my registration form?

Registration forms are reviewed by our education department, and schools are accepted on a daily basis. Once accepted into the program, a school receives a welcome email from


Can districts or consortiums join the Affiliate School Program?

We encourage school districts and consortiums to make information about the program available to their schools, but each school must register individually. A district or organization can choose to assign one main point of contact to serve as the Affiliate School advisor for their schools.

Can home schools join the Affiliate School Program?

Homeschool co-ops are eligible to register to the program but individual homeschoolers are not eligible.


My school has been accepted into the Affiliate School Program. How do I access the website?

Once your school’s registration has been processed, teachers and students can create an account on the Gilder Lehrman website. The school’s Affiliate advisor will receive a link to send to the teachers to sign up. Teachers and students will have to fill out their school information to receive Affiliate School access to the site, indicated by a key icon on their personal profile.

What is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, and how can I use it as an Affiliate School member?

The Gilder Lehrman Collection contains more than 60,000 documents detailing the political and social history of the United States. The Collection’s holdings include handwritten letters, diaries, maps, photographs, printed books, and pamphlets ranging from 1493 through modern times. For more detailed information about Collection holdings, please browse the Primary Sources section of our website or contact our reference librarian at Teachers and students from Affiliate Schools can request 20 free electronic copies of Gilder Lehrman Collection documents per year from the references librarian at

How do I book a traveling exhibition for my school?

Affiliate Schools are eligible to receive one small exhibition at no cost. You may book a traveling exhibit online by completing a short application formIn the application, make sure to state that your school is a member of the Affiliate School Program. Exhibitions are booked four to six months in advance and are scheduled upon availability.

How do I apply to Teacher Seminars?

Please complete the Teacher Seminar application, which opens each fall and closes in the early spring. A complete listing of seminars, deadlines, and the application can be found on the Teacher Seminars section of our site. If you have further questions, please email or

How do I get the Affiliate School discount at the Gilder Lehrman bookstore?

Please email us at for your 25% discount code.

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