A new resource from the National Archives – Milestone Documents – provides access to primary sources that highlight pivotal moments in the course of American history and government.
What Happens in Washington?: A New Distance Learning Program
Sign up for our new "What Happens in Washington?" online program for K-2 students, or for one of our other K-12 distance learning options.
Get Ready for Constitution Day!
We have programs and resources to help you teach about the Constitution on Constitution Day or any day!
AP US History Resources from DocsTeach
The National Archives has primary sources and educational resources to help prepare your students for the modified DBQ format.
Online Student Programs with the Presidential Libraries and National Archives
Join us online for interactive learning programs! Programs are available for preschool through 12th grade, and are scheduled weekly through the end of May.
We Declare!: A New Teaching Activity Comparing American and French Revolutionary Documents
In this new activity, students engage in a comparison of the American Declaration of Independence and the French Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen to learn about the Enlightenment and revolutionary ideas.
New for Constitution Day: Distance Learning for Students and a Professional Development Webinar
September 17th is Constitution Day! On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document that they had spent weeks creating: the Constitution of the United States. However, the Constitution is only one of our founding documents. The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights … Continue reading New for Constitution Day: Distance Learning for Students and a Professional Development Webinar
Educator Open House in Washington, DC
Attention DC area educators! Please join us for our annual Educators Open House on Thursday, September 13th from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Enjoy a special after-hours viewing of our exhibits, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Meet … Continue reading Educator Open House in Washington, DC
The Great Seal of the United States
The Great Seal of the United States is a symbol of our independent nation and its power. The 1782 original design is today’s spotlight document.
The Declaration of Independence
In celebration of our nation declaring its independence 237 years ago, today's spotlight is—of course—on the Declaration of Independence. The National Archives is its permanent home. On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in which the American colonies set forth a list of grievances against the British Crown and declared they … Continue reading The Declaration of Independence