Registration is now open for two programs on February 9th: “Presidential Powers with Documents from the National Archives” at 10–10:50 a.m., and again at 1–1:50 p.m. CT.
Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution defines the executive branch and specifically states the powers of the President. Students in grades 5-12 will explore and examine primary sources including: presidential appointments, pardons, treaties, and others from the National Archives that illustrate these powers.
- engage in a discussion about the powers and responsibilities of the President gained from Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution,
- explore and analyze primary source documents that illustrate the powers of the President, and
- develop an understanding of the powers and responsibilities of the President.
The Presidential Primary Sources Project
We present “Presidential Powers with Documents from the National Archives” as part of the Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP), a collaboration between the National Archives and Presidential Libraries, the National Park Service, the Internet2 community, and cultural and historic organizations nationwide.
From January to March 2016, PPSP is offering free, standards-aligned, 45-minute interactive videoconferencing programs aimed at students in grades 5-12. This year’s theme is “Presidential Powers and the Constitution,” exploring how different presidents in different eras have interpreted and exercised presidential powers. Each program will also be live streamed (no registration necessary) and recorded for free on-demand viewing.
Register now for any of the programs.
2016 Program Schedule
“Presidential Roles and Responsibilities”
The White House Historical Association
Wednesday, January 20: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
“Presidential Powers with Documents from the National Archives”
The National Archives
Tuesday, February 9: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
“Woodrow Wilson and the Consolidation of Presidential Executive Power”
President Woodrow Wilson House
Thursday, February 11: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
“Reorganizing the Executive Branch: Hoover and the Federal Government”
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
(Digital Learning Day) Wednesday, February 17: 10-10:50am CT and 1-1:50pm CT
“TR: Setting a Precedent for the President”
Theodore Roosevelt Center
Tuesday, February 22: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Wednesday, February 24: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
“Abraham Lincoln: Presidential Power in “A House Divided”
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
Thursday, March 3: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
“Washington’s Monument: The Tradition of Presidential Powers”
The National Park Service
Tuesday, March 8: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
“President Ulysses S. Grant and Civil Rights”
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Thursday, March 10: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
“President Truman and the Steel Crisis”
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library
Tuesday, March 29: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT