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-12th 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.


  • “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

  1. Greenwich Village Past and Present (1st-5th grade)
  2. Immigration in the South Village . (1st-5th grade)
  3. African American History, Greenwich Village and Beyond (middle school)

Scheduling the Program

The cost of the program is $50 per class 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, Humanities New York, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York City Council Member Erik Bottcher.