Learn more about the 2020 Presidential Primary Sources Project sessions from the below descriptions.
Presidential Powers with Documents from the National Archives
Presented by: Jenny Sweeney, Education Specialist
The National Archives, Thursday, January 16, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET
Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution defines the executive branch and specifically states the powers of the president. Explore and examine primary sources from the National Archives that illustrate these powers, including presidential appointments, pardons, and treaties. Register today.
Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears
Presented by: Erin Adams, Director of Education & Patrick Martin, Schools Coordinator
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, January 23, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
The removal of Native Americans from the East to the West is one of the darkest chapters in United States history. In this session, we will examine this event in the context of the founding of our nation to see how our citizens and government interacted with Native Americans. Students will learn not only how Native American removal happened, but why. Register today.
Forging Greatness: Lincoln in Indiana
Presented by: Mike Capps, Chief of Interpretation
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, January 30, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial preserves the site of the farm where Abraham Lincoln spent 14 formative years of his life, from the ages of 7 to 21. He and his family moved to Indiana in 1816 and stayed until 1830 when they moved on to Illinois. During this period, Lincoln grew physically and intellectually into a man. The people he knew here and the things he experienced had a profound influence on his life. His sense of honesty, his belief in the importance of education and learning, his respect for hard work, his compassion for his fellow man, and his moral convictions about right and wrong were all born of this place and this time. The time he spent here helped shape the man that went on to lead the country. This site is our most direct tie with that time of his life. Lincoln Boyhood preserves the place where he learned to laugh with his father, cried over the death of his mother, read the books that opened his mind, and triumphed over the adversities of life on the frontier. Register today.
Exploring Lincoln in Washington
Presented by: Alex Wood, Education Programs Manager at Ford's Theatre Society and Jen Epstein, National Park Service Ranger
The National Mall & Memorial Parks and Ford’s Theatre, February 6, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
Ford’s Theatre Education and The National Mall & Memorial Parks explore Lincoln in Washington, D.C. The places that mattered to him in his life, and places where he matters to us today. Register today.
1960: JFK and the First Modern Presidential Campaign
Presented by: Stephen Fagin, Curator, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
The Sixth Floor Museum, February 11, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
For many Americans, John F. Kennedy was too young and inexperienced to be elected president in 1960. He would be the first Catholic to occupy the White House, prompting some prejudiced accusations that the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church would dictate U.S. policy. Despite these challenges, Kennedy won a narrow victory over Republican Vice President Richard Nixon by waging the first modern presidential campaign. This multimedia presentation from The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas will examine how the 1960 Kennedy campaign harnessed the Massachusetts senator’s youthful appeal and bold forward-thinking vision and utilized the legend of his World War II heroism to win over voters of all ages. Excerpts from Kennedy campaign commercials will demonstrate the overwhelming power of television and how the Kennedy family used this bold new medium to reach minority voices and deliver messages of equality and inclusion. The legacy of the 1960 campaign can still be felt today, as modern-day candidates continue to focus on image-making and emphasize “Kennedyesque” charisma and soaring rhetoric to reach the hearts and minds of the American public. Register today.
Theodore Roosevelt and the Expansion of Presidential Power
Presented by: Erik Johnson, Digital Library Coordinator and Archivist
Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, February 20, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
History often portrays Theodore Roosevelt as a figure of action—between his larger-than-life personality and vigorous and varied life, Roosevelt certainly seems, as one of his friends described him, to have been a figure of “pure act.” It should come as no surprise, then, that this energy was not limited to Roosevelt’s personal life, but infused his political life as well. In this interactive session, we’ll consider how Roosevelt’s active use of his “bully pulpit” to spread ideas, as well as his energetic and expansive approach to using the powers of the presidency, affected the office of the presidency. Register today.
Herbert Hoover and the Bonus March: Presidential Blunder or Necessary Action?
Presented by: Elizabeth Dinschel, Archivist and Education Specialist
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, February 27, 11am and 2pm EST
In late June 1932, World War I veterans boarded freight trains in Portland, Oregon to Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress for early payment of a bonus that was scheduled to be paid in 1945. On July 28th, 1932 the police, and later the military, put down a riot made up of nearly 60,000 Bonus Marchers. The reactions from the press and Americans were mixed, but mostly negative. What happened? Did this event cost Herbert Hoover re-election? In this session we will explore the Bonus March and Presidential decision-making. Register today.
Ulysses S. Grant and the Mystery of William Jones
Presented by: David Newmann, Park Guide
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, March 3, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
Through the study of primary source documents including census records, maps and city directories, students who take part in this lesson will learn about the process of historical research and the mysterious whereabouts of William Jones, the only slave Ulysses S. Grant ever owned. Register today.
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
This presentation will highlight some of the most important documents of the Great Depression and World War II era. Fireside chats, inaugural addresses, the Day of Infamy speech, D-Day, Eleanor Roosevelt's My Day Columns and other interesting and important documents relating to President and Mrs. Roosevelt in the pivotal and dramatic period from 1932 to 1945. Register today.
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
President Lincoln spent three summers living in a cottage on a breezy hilltop overlooking Washington, DC, and commuting in to work at the White House daily. Although he and his family were escaping the heat and pressure of downtown, the Cottage also served as a sanctuary for the President as he worked through the complex challenges of his presidency, including the Civil War and emancipation. As a home for brave ideas, President Lincoln’s Cottage serves as a place for inquiry and reflection on challenging subjects. Students will learn about Lincoln’s thought processes on the Emancipation Proclamation and use them as inspiration for developing their own decision-making skills and courageous ideas. Register today.
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
Explore Theodore Roosevelt's career path and the events leading up to him becoming the 26th President of the United States of America. In the presentation we will share some of the items and stories related to his rise to the presidency. Register today.
Slavery in George Washington’s World
Presented by: Sadie Troy, Student Learning Specialist
Mount Vernon, March 19, 11am and 2pm EST
Mount Vernon was George Washington’s home. It was also home to hundreds of enslaved people who lived and worked under Washington’s control. In 1799, there were 317 men, women, and children enslaved at Mount Vernon’s five farms, which covered 8,000 acres. They made up more than 90% of the population of the estate. Meet with today’s Mount Vernon staff for a discussion on how closely intertwined the lives of the Washingtons were with those of the enslaved. Find out how the researchers use original George Washington documents, objects, images, and places to learn valuable details about the lives of those in bondage on the estate—information that might otherwise be lost forever. Register today.
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
Explore the surprise victory by Harry Truman in the 1948 Election! Key documents from the Truman Library archives will be shared as we explore how Truman pulled of the greatest upset election victory of the 20th century. Register today.
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
Explore the civil rights and reconstruction legacy of President Ulysses S Grant by looking at the 15th Amendment to the constitution and the Enforcement Acts. Register today.