Monthly Archives: April 2013

WPA Art Links Past to Present: Thinking About Boston

Teaching units about the Great Depression include the Works Projects (also Progress) Administration (WPA). The records of this government program that put millions of unemployed Americans to work in public works projects are held in the National Archives. They reveal … Continue reading

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Resources from the New George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Today’s opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, makes 13 Presidential Libraries that are administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Part of the Library and Museum’s … Continue reading

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Summer Professional Development Workshops

We are now accepting applications for Primarily Teaching—our summer institute on using historical documents in the classroom. Information and the application is available on our website. Workshops will be conducted at the following National Archives locations: Kansas City (Kansas City, MO) … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between the National Archives and the Library of Congress?

I co-wrote today’s post with Stephen Wesson at the Library of Congress. It is also posted on the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. In 10 words or less, it’s what we’ve got and how we got it. But we’ll go on. … Continue reading

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Dumping the Flow Chart of the Legislative Process

Watching C-SPAN or using the old textbook flow chart can be a pretty boring way to teach the legislative process. As future voters, it is important for students to understand how lawmaking works and what role they will play in … Continue reading

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The Rest of 42’s Story: Jackie Robinson as Civil Rights Activist

Today’s post comes from Jenny Sweeney, education specialist at the National Archives at Fort Worth. This Friday, April 12th, the biographical movie 42 about Jackie Robinson is set to be released. Millions of people will flock to theaters to relive or learn … Continue reading

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What’s in the National Archives and how’s it organized?

Today’s post comes from Carol Buswell, education specialist at the National Archives at Seattle. Archives are almost nothing like libraries, except that they are open to the public for research purposes.  Be prepared to learn something completely new. First, let’s … Continue reading

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Inside the White House on Historypin

From 1947 through 1952, the White House underwent a complete reconstruction within its original exterior walls. To get a better idea about the transformation of the White House, and “witness” its 1950s renovation compared to the current look of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, … Continue reading

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