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Presidential Primary Sources Project: Free interactive videoconferencing

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-5-20-47-pmThe National Park Service, U.S Presidential Libraries, and Museums, the Internet2 community, and cultural and historic organizations nationwide recently announced the schedule for their annual Presidential Primary Source Project (PPSP).  This is a perfect opportunity for librarians to connect teachers and students to memorable experiences that will make history and Presidential politics come alive.

This year’s series of free, standards-aligned, 45-minute programs, aimed at middle and high school students, runs from January through March. Each live streamed event will be archived for future viewing.  For a flavor of the PPSP experience, check out the complete archive of previous sessions and view, for instance Ulysses S Grant: A President Committed to Civil Rights led by enthusiastic ranger/educator, David.

This year’s theme is Culture, Society, and Presidential Decision-Making. Using primary source documents and interactive videoconferencing, the 2017 program series will take students on a journey through our nation’s history and allow them to view a President’s key decisions through the life and times of their era..

Free registration is now open for the following 2017 programs:

  • “Information, Access, and The Presidency”
    The White House Historical Association, Washington, D.C.
    Wednesday, January 25: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT Grades 9-12
  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
    Wednesday, February 1: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT Grades 6-12
  • The National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.
    Wednesday, February 8: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT Grades 6-12
  • “Presidential Powers with Documents from the National Archives”
    The National Archives at Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
    Tuesday, February 15: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT Grades 5-12
  • “Daughters of Freedom:  Ulysses S. Grant and the Rise of the Women’s Rights Movement”
    Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, St. Louis, MO
    Thursday, February 16: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT Grades 6-12
  • “Bootleggers, Flappers, and Gangsters: Prohibition, the Noble Experiment”
    Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, West Branch, IA
    Thursday, February 23: 10-10:50am CT and 1-1:50pm CT Grades 7-12
  • “Religion and the Slavery Question”
    Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Hodgenville, KY
    Thursday, March 2: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT Grades 6-8
  • “Depression and Dictators: Life in No Ordinary Times”
    Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY
    Wednesday, March 8: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT Grades 6-12
  • President Woodrow Wilson House, Washington, D.C.
    Thursday, March 9: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT Grades 6-12
  • Theodore Roosevelt Center, Dickinson, ND
    Wednesday, March 15: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT Grades 10-12
  • “Propaganda Posters of World War II”
    Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, Independence, MO
    Wednesday, March 29: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT  Grades 6-12

For more information, check out PPSP‘s


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Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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