Resources for Teachers and Parents

Village Preservation offers elementary students an unparalleled opportunity to engage with New York City by exploring the culture and architecture of Greenwich Village in our three-session course: History and Historic Preservation.

Our two curricula, “Greenwich Village Past and Present” and “Immigration in the South Village,” include three interactive sessions led by qualified educators and align with New York State and City learning standards for Social Studies, English, Language Arts, and the Arts. Classes are a wonderful foundation for the study of the history and development of New York City. The program’s two choices focus on diverse themes and distinct areas of the Village, and are tailored to the needs of your individual class.


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Feedback

  • “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

Explore Our Curriculum

Session 1: A Peek into the Past—Historic Investigation Activity

A Village Preservation educator will visit your classroom & introduce students to architecture and 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 Village Preservation 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’s design and history.

Scheduling the Program

Village Preservation offers education programming tailored to your class. Our program includes three separate sessions: a historic investigation activity, a walking tour, and an art project. We offer programs for students in grades 1-5. Please see our brochure for a full description.

The cost of the program is $100 per class (includes all three sessions) if your school can afford it. Reduced fees and full scholarships are available!  Village Preservation is a licensed NYC Department of Education vendor.

To ensure your dates of choice, we suggest contacting us as early as possible.

Please have the following information ready when you call or email:

  • Program choice
  • School name, address, and telephone number
  • Name of participant teacher(s)
  • Primary contact name
  • Primary contact email
  • Primary contact phone number and cell phone number
  • Grade level
  • Number of classes
  • Number of students/class
  • Number of adults
  • Name of participant teacher(s)