Summer Programs Around the National Archives

We have a fun summer planned for both families and educators at our National Archives and Presidential Library locations around the country!

July Fourth

Come to the home of the Declaration of Independence to join us as we celebrate our nation’s birthday!

If you can’t come in person to Washington, DC, join through YouTube and Facebook. Or celebrate at one of our Presidential libraries around the nation.

The “Write” Stuff: Literacy, Writing, and Research Festival for Kids and Families

The “Write” Stuff: Literacy, Writing, and Research Festival at the National ArchivesJoin us — and some of your favorite authors and illustrators — for a free summer writing festival at the National Archives in Washington, DC!

Be a Writer Day for 4th-6th Graders —Friday, July 7. Free! Registration required.

  • Discussion and Q&A with notable authors and illustrators of young adult and children’s literature
  • Book signings by featured authors
  • Author-led hands-on workshops
  • Registration is also available for those outside the DC area who wish to participate in live-streamed events and webinars.

Reading in the Learning CenterFamily Research & Literacy Day —Saturday, July 8. Free and open to all.

  • Story times with special guest readers
  • Author- and illustrator-led activities
  • Live recording of the “Book Club for Kids” podcast with Kitty Felde, and special guest reader, NPR’s Susan Stamberg, with young readers from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore!
  • Book signings by featured authors

Family Activities in the Learning Center at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC

Teaching the Vietnam War through Documents, Photography, and Poetry, from the Academy of American Poets & the National Archives

Soldiers Resting

We have limited spots left for our workshop exploring techniques for teaching about the Vietnam War using primary sources, historical photos, and poetry!

  • Wednesday, July 12 through Friday, July, 14
  • National Archives Museum, Washington, DC

Speakers include Richard Blanco, 2013 Presidential Inauguration poet and Education Ambassador of the Academy of American Poets, and Michael Hussey, National Archives Museum Program Manager.

Primarily Teaching Summer Workshops for Educators

A teacher scans a document during Primarily Teaching.

Join us to 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 and create online learning activities!

Learn more at (Limited spots available.)

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Truman, Migratory Farm Labor and Immigration
June 26-30
Independence, MO

Register here.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home

U-2 Spy Plane Crisis and its Impact on U.S.-U.S.S.R. Relations
July 17-21
Abilene, KS

Register here.

The National Archives in Washington, DC

Women’s Rights
July 24-28
Washington, DC

Register here (waitlist only).

Elementary Summer Teacher Institute at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

July 24-29
West Branch, IA

Join the Hoover Library for a week of learning about American Presidents, Iowa Territorial Government, Iowa History, Voting, Citizenship, and how to incorporate primary sources into your elementary classroom.

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