Why History Education?

Less than 25% of American 8th and 12th graders achieve basic proficiency in core concepts of American history and government.

The Historical Society of Princeton believes this is a serious problem. We need to fill the gap. History education at all ages provides essential building blocks for our democracy:


Students who attend just one field trip to a museum experience a measurable increase in critical thinking skills, historical empathy, and tolerance.


72% of Americans agree that history museums convene and engage citizens in meaningful conversations about our communities.


Americans say that history museums are the #1 most-trusted source of information available to them.


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