Primarily Teaching Summer Workshop for Educators

Teachers study recordsThis summer, join us for one of our Primarily Teaching workshops for educators on using historical documents in the classroom.

We’ll conduct research with original documents in the holdings of the National Archives and Presidential Libraries. Discover some of those incredible teachable documents that help educators and students unlock the past.

You will explore a specific topic that fits within the theme Conflict and Compromise, researching primary sources like letters, reports, petitions, case files, photographs, and more. (Conflict and Compromise in History is the National History Day (NHD) 2018 theme. Participation in NHD is not required.)

  • Migratory Farm Labor and Immigration at The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, MO, June 26-30
  • U-2 Spy Plane Crisis and its Impact on U.S.-U.S.S.R. Relations at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home, July 17-21
  • Women’s Rights at the National Archives in Washington, DC, July 24-28

Worker and Flag BearerYou will identify between 3 and 5 items (documents, photos, maps, etc.) to digitize and make available online. We will add these to our online tool for teaching with documents——while you’re onsite. During the workshop, you’ll produce a DocsTeach learning activity using these digitized primary sources.

The $100 fee includes all materials. Graduate credit from a major university may be available for an additional fee. Participants will receive a stipend upon successful completion of the course.

Apply no later than six weeks before the workshop. Participation in each session is limited to 10 members. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more and apply at:


Archival Images:

  • Top – Inside one of the one-room shack dwellings at a labor camp in Mathis, Texas, ca. 5/1948 (Photograph 60-210-40 from the Harry S. Truman Library).
  • Bottom – Flag Bearer for Women’s Rights Standing Near White House, ca. 1920 (Photograph 306-N-70-2641 from the Records of the U.S. Information Agency at the National Archives).


Primarily Teaching workshops are made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the support of Texas Instruments.

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