The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History


GLIv1Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history. The Institute serves teachers, students, scholars, and the general public. It helps create history-centered schools, organizes seminars and programs for educators, produces print and electronic publications and traveling exhibitions, sponsors lectures by eminent historians, and administers a History Teacher of the Year Award in every state through its partnership with Preserve America. The Institute also awards the Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and George Washington Book Prizes, and offers fellowships for scholars to work in the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

The Institute maintains its website to serve as a portal for American history on the Web; to offer high-quality educational material for teachers, students, historians, and the public; and to provide up-to-date information about the Institute’s programs and activities.

As President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Basker has overseen the development of history education initiatives nationwide, including history high schools, teacher seminars, traveling exhibitions, publication series, scholarly fellowships, research centers, and national history teacher of the year awards. In 2004, he was Project Director for “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America” at the New-York Historical Society, the largest exhibition on Hamilton ever mounted.


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