February 19, 2018

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Explore Primary Sources in Free Program Series

The National Park Service, U.S Presidential Libraries and Museums, the Internet2 community, and other cultural and historical organizations recently announced the lineup for the annual Presidential Primary Source Project (PPSP). This is a perfect opportunity for librarians to connect teachers and students to memorable experiences that will make history and presidential politics come alive.

1701-TK-Primary-SourcesThe 2017 series of free, standards-aligned 45-minute programs for middle and high school students runs from January through March. Each live-streamed event will be archived for future viewing. For a flavor of the PPSP experience, check out the complete archive of previous sessions and view, for example, “Ulysses S Grant: A President Committed to Civil Rights,” led by enthusiastic ranger/educator David.

This year’s theme is “Culture, Society, and Presidential Decision-Making.” Using primary source documents and interactive videoconferencing, the 2017 program series will take students on a journey through our nation’s history and allow them to view a president’s key decisions through the social and political lens of that era.

Free registration is now open for programs, including:

“Information, Access, and the Presidency”
The White House Historical Association, Washington, DC

Wednesday, January 25, Grades 9–12

“Presidential Powers with Documents from the National Archives”
The National Archives at Fort Worth, TX
Tuesday, February 15, Grades 5–12

“Daughters of Freedom: Ulysses S. Grant and the Rise of the Women’s Rights Movement”
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, St. Louis, MO
Thursday, February 16, Grades 6–12

“Bootleggers, Flappers, and Gangsters: Prohibition, the Noble Experiment”
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, West Branch, IA
Thursday, February 23, Grades 7–12

“Religion and the Slavery Question” Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
National Historical Park, Hodgenville, KY
Thursday, March 2, Grades 6–8

“Depression and Dictators: Life in No Ordinary Times”
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY
Wednesday, March 8, Grades 6–12

“Propaganda Posters of World War II”
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, Independence, MO
Wednesday, March 29, Grades 6–12

For times and registration information, visit k20 Initiatives.

Adapted from a post on the blog “NeverEnding Search.”

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