National Archives Offers Summer Institutes for Educators
Press Release · Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Washington, DC

The National Archives and Records Administration announces its annual institutes for educators in the summer of 2011. Primarily Teaching: Original Documents and Classroom Strategies will be held at five of the agency’s locations:

  • The National Archives Regional Facility, Kansas City, MO, June 20-24, 2011
  • The National Archives Regional Facility, Chicago, IL, June 20-24, 2011
  • The National Archives, Washington, DC, July 18-22, 2011
  • The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, KS, July 18-22, 2011
  • The Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, TX, July 25-29, 2011

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 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.

This year, the sessions held at the National Archives in Washington, DC, and at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, KS, will have a special Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) focus.

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 billions 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 institute is free.
  • Graduate credit for most sessions is available for a fee.
  • Participation in each session is limited to 10 members.
  • Classes will be filled on a first come first served basis.
  • Participants will receive classroom materials and a $250 stipend.

Primarily Teaching is generously supported by the Foundation for the National Archives and Texas Instruments.

An application for the institute [] is available online.

For more information about the institute, contact:

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

Primarily Teaching Staff
National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

Primarily Teaching Staff
National Archives at Chicago
7358 S. Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629

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

Primarily Teaching Staff
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78705

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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.


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