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Dec 01, 2022 2022-12-01

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Legacies of the Nation’s Past Presidents

The Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP) will transport students to places that helped shape the lives of the nation’s past presidents. Through live, interactive video discussions with presidential historians and national park rangers, students will learn about the lives of the nation’s presidents and how they shaped the past and present of the country. Students will also use primary source documents to understand the presidents’ legacies on the nation. This free program is a partnership between Internet2, the National Park Service, and the National Archives.

Join the Presidential Primary Sources Project from January 18 to April 5, 2023, to hear National Park Service rangers from historical sites talk about presidents such as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Washington. These sessions are applicable to grades 4–12.

Upcoming programs include “A New Birth of Freedom: Examining Lincoln’s Views on Democracy and Slavery” (January 17); “President Grant’s Vision of Justice” (January 19); “Slavery at Mount Vernon” (January 24); and “Out of Pawffice: Presidential Pets in the White House” (January 26). All programs are live at 11 a.m. (ET) and 2 p.m. (ET).

Plus: Recordings from the sessions held from January through April 2022 are also available. For example, students can watch a clip from one of the most popular PPSP sessions, where an education specialist at the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum shows students the wheelchair President Franklin Delano Roosevelt designed for himself.

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