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Reaching Over 3,000 Students in 2020: The Presidential Primary Sources Project

Mar 03, 2020, by Therese Perlowski
Tags: Community Anchor Program, Presidential Primary Sources Project

In 2020 alone, the Presidential Primary Sources Project has already reached over 3,000 students. Connecting over 162 classrooms in over 41 states to National Park Service rangers and presidential historians across the country, the Presidential Primary Sources Project offers high-quality distance learning opportunities. 

The project is a partnership between the Internet2 Community Anchor Program (CAP) and the National Park Service. Focused on analyzing primary sources, the series of 14 program sessions allows students to interact directly with experts at historic sites and presidential libraries through live videoconferencing. The program’s attendance has tripled over last year's.

Therese Perlowski, CAP’s program manager, attributes much of the success to the program’s partners and the impressive quality of their presentations. “Each program session offers an engaging experience that allows students to connect with both their peers and with experts in their field,” she says.

Teachers share that the Presidential Primary Sources Project is a “wonderful program” and an “amazing opportunity” for students to engage in “higher level thinking and interactions.” Particularly in light of the upcoming election, sessions also provide valuable historical context and critical thinking tools in understanding the office of the presidency, modern campaigns, and the lasting legacies of our nation’s leaders. 

Free registration is still available for the last five 2020 program sessions:

Records of an Era: The Roosevelts 1933-1945
Presented by: Jeffrey Urbin
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
March 5, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
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An Open Field: Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
Presented by:Joan Cummins, Program Assistant
President Lincoln’s Cottage
March 10, 11 a.m .and 2 p.m. EST
Read description | Register

Theodore Roosevelt's Rise to the Presidency
Presented by: Alyssa Parker-Geisman, Park Ranger
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
March 12, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
Read description | Register

Truman and the 1948 Election
Presented by: Mark Adams, Education Director
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
March 24, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.EST
Read description | Register

Ulysses S Grant and Reconstruction
Presented by: Sierra Willoughby, Lead Ranger
General Grant National Memorial
Thursday March 26, 2020 at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. EST
Read description | Register

To sign up and for more information visit the project website or follow us on twitter (@PresidentialPSP) or Facebook (@PresidentialPrimarySourcesProject).