Primarily Teaching 2015

A Summer Workshop for Educators on Using Historical Documents in the Classroom

Teachers in a workshop in Chicago We held workshops this summer in Atlanta; Chicago; Seattle; Washington, DC; and at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, IA.

Please check back in early 2016 for information about next summer's offerings.


Each National Archives location explores a specific case study, with original documents in our archival holdings. Links below highlight the primary source documents found and digitized by educators at this year's locations:

Teachers in a workshop in Boston Digitization of documents related to our case studies is our priority. Participants find between 3 and 5 items (documents, photos, maps, etc.) to scan and describe. We add these to our online tool for teaching with documents—DocsTeach.org—while participants are onsite. During the workshop, participants produce DocsTeach learning activities using the digitized materials.


  • The fee for each of the workshops is $100, which includes all materials.
  • Graduate credit from a major university is available for an additional fee for most sessions.
  • Participants receive a stipend upon successful completion of the course.

Comments from Past Participants

  • "This was the best workshop I have ever attended."
  • "I loved the opportunity to do archival research...as well as the ability to select documents for digitization and for use in DocsTeach."
  • "I am more confident using primary source documents in my teaching."
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the excitement of discovery."
  • "I have a renewed sense of enthusiasm for beginning yet another school year."
  • "This is the BEST, most VALUABLE class I have ever taken. My vocabulary is insufficient to describe it properly. Thank you!"
  • "I loved looking through the boxes on the first day...I now feel confident reaching out to learn more."
  • "An energizing academic experience."

Primarily Teaching is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the support of Texas Instruments and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

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