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Primarily Teaching

Workshop Information

Before You Arrive

Teachers in a workshop in Boston Primarily Teaching 2018 workshops have a national theme matching that of National History Day in 2019. We will guide you through research and digitization using original historical records related to a specific topic within this broader theme.

We will identify material in our collections for you to research while you're here. The National Archives holds records relating primarily to the operations of the Federal government.

Participants are responsible for their own food, housing, and travel arrangements.

During the Workshop

You will conduct research, searching for those incredible teachable documents that help educators and students unlock the past — primary sources like letters, reports, petitions, case files, photographs, etc. Then you will create a teaching activity using the materials you find. We will orient you to research procedures and provide ongoing guidance throughout the workshop.

Teachers in a workshop at Hoover Library You will select between 3 and 5 items (documents, photos, maps, etc.) from your research to digitize and make available online. While you are on-site, we will add these to DocsTeach, our online tool for teaching with documents.

You will then construct a DocsTeach learning activity using these and other digitized materials that match our broader theme. We will coach you as you create your activity.

The daily programs begin at 9:00 a.m. and usually adjourn by 4:00 p.m.


Upon receipt of your application, we will contact you with further information, including payment details for the $100.00 registration fee. Should you have further questions about the workshop or topic selection, contact us at


  • Check back in early spring for more information and to apply.