National Archives Offers Summer Institute for Educators
Press Release · Thursday, November 17, 2005

Washington, D.C. . .The National Archives and Records Administration announces its twenty-seventh annual institute for educators in the summer of 2006. For the first time, Primarily Teaching: Original Documents and Classroom Strategies will be held at three of the agency's locations including:

  • The National Archives in Laguna Niguel, CA, June 12-16, 2006
  • The National Archives in Washington, DC, June 21-June 30, 2006
  • The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, KS, July 17-21, 2006

Primarily Teaching is designed to provide access to the rich resources of the National Archives for educators at the upper elementary, secondary, and college levels. Participants will learn how to research the historical records, create classroom materials based on the records, and present documents in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, government, and the other humanities.

Each participant will search the holdings of the National Archives for documents suitable for classroom use and develop strategies for using these documents in the classroom or design professional development activities to help classroom teachers use primary source documents effectively.

The National Archives preserves and makes available to the public the permanently valuable records of the United States government. Although the best known of these are the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, there are millions of textual documents, maps, drawings, photographs, films, sound recordings, and computer tapes in the National Archives holdings that record the American experience of government from 1774 to the present.

  • The cost of the institute, including all materials, is $100.
  • Graduate credit from a major university is available for an additional fee.
  • Participation in the Washington, DC, session is limited to 20 members; participation in the Laguna Niguel, CA, and Abilene, KS, sessions is limited to 10 members each.
An application for the institute is available online at

For more information about the institute, contact:

Primarily Teaching
Education Team (NWE)
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room G-9
Washington, DC 20408

Primarily Teaching Staff (NWE)
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
200 Southeast Fourth Street
Abilene, KS 67410

Primarily Teaching Staff (NWE)
NARA's Pacific Region (Laguna Niguel, CA)
24000 Avila Road
1st Floor, East Entrance
Laguna Niguel, California 92677-3497

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For further information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-501-5526.


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