Resources for Teachers and Parents

Village Preservation offers students an unparalleled opportunity to engage with New York City by exploring the history, culture, and architecture of Greenwich Village. We offer three curricula:

  1. Greenwich Village Past and Present focuses on the area around Washington Square Park from pre-European settlement to the early 19th Century. (1st-5th grade)
  2. Immigration in the South Village focuses on the area around Bleecker and Carmine streets from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. (1st-5th grade)
  3. African American History, Greenwich Village and Beyond covers pre-European settlement through the 21st century. (4th-8th grade)

All courses are 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. We focus on diverse themes and distinct areas of the Village, and are tailored to the needs of your individual class, and can provide interactive lessons walking tours, and art projects.

These classes are available for free or at low cost to qualifying schools.

Distance Learning Videos

Village Preservation has produced a series of three virtual learning videos based on our existing course: Greenwich Village Past and Present.

Introduction to Kids Ed: History and Historic Preservation

Greenwich Village Past and Present Part 1

This video explores the origins of the name “Greenwich Village” and what this area was like before European settlers arrived, including a look at the Lenape inhabitants of the land. Early European explorers and settlers of the area including Henry Hudson and Peter Minuit are also introduced.

Greenwich Village Past and Present Part 2

This video includes information for elementary school students about the history of Wall Street, English rule of New York, the Richmond Hill Estate, what is historic preservation?, Washington Square Park and its Old Elm Tree, Washington Mews, and the Washington Square Arch.


  • “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)

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

We also thank the following for dedicated funding to this program: Anonymous, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York City Council Member Erik Bottcher.