Find primary sources and educational activities for teaching about American Presidents.
In the new teaching activity "Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation," students learn the origins of Thanksgiving, then examine President Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation that created a national holiday.
Find primary sources and teaching activities related to elections and voting on our new DocsTeach page.
Join us online this summer and fall! We have programs for K-12 students and professional development for educators.
Join us online for interactive learning programs! Programs are available for preschool through 12th grade, and are scheduled weekly through the end of May.
This series of free 45-minute programs for students in grades 4-12 runs from January through March 2020.
"Presidential Powers with Documents from the National Archives" – a free distance learning program for grades 6-12 – kicks off the 2018 Presidential Primary Sources Project on Thursday, January 18! Join us at 11 a.m. ET or 2 p.m. ET to explore the executive branch and powers of the President through primary sources. We'll examine presidential appointments, pardons, … Continue reading Free Online Programs on Presidential Legacy Begin January 18th
Our six-question "personality quiz" can be a quick class warm-up activity, and provides a way to bring historical campaigns and memorabilia into this election season.
Share historical campaign memorabilia with your students on our new DocsTeach Election Collection page! We've assembled a wide variety of documents, photographs, artifacts and other historical items from the holdings of our Presidential Libraries — our Election Collection. Topics highlight political memorabilia from Presidential campaigns from the 1850s through the 1990s. Check out posters, fashion, buttons & jewelry, food … Continue reading Presidential Campaign Memorabilia on DocsTeach
Lessons available in the “Truman Presidential Inquiries” project pose a question connected to Truman’s time as president, then direct the learner to carefully consider what the evidence reveals.