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Press Release
October 29, 2008

National Archives Offers Summer Institutes for Educators

Washington, DC…The National Archives and Records Administration announces the dates for its annual institutes for educators in the summer of 2009. Primarily Teaching: Original Documents and Classroom Strategies will be held at nine of the agency’s locations including:

  • The National Archives Regional Facility, Fort Worth, TX, June 22 – 26, 2009
  • The National Archives in Washington, DC, June 23 - July 2, 2009
  • The National Archives Regional Facility, Chicago, IL, July 13 – 17, 2009
  • The National Archives Regional Facility, Kansas City, MO, July 13 – 17, 2009
  • The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, KS, July 16 – 24, 2009
  • The National Archives Regional Facility in Denver, CO, July 20 – 24, 2009
  • The Lyndon B. Johnson Library, Austin, TX, July 27 – July 31, 2009
  • The National Archives Regional Facility, Waltham, MA, July 27 – July 31, 2009
  • The National Archives Regional Facility, Seattle, WA, August 3 – 7, 2009

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 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 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 sessions at the Presidential Libraries and regional facilities is limited to 10 members each.

An application for the institute is available online (http://www.archives.gov/education/primarily-teaching/).

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
education@nara.gov

Primarily Teaching Staff
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
200 Southeast Fourth Street
Abilene, KS 67410
kim.barbieri@nara.gov

Primarily Teaching Staff
NARA’s Rocky Mountain Region
P.O. Box 25307
Denver, CO 80225
lori.cox-paul@nara.gov

Primarily Teaching Staff
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78705
marsha.sharp@nara.gov

Primarily Teaching Staff
NARA's Great Lakes Region (Chicago)
7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629
chicago.archives@nara.gov

Primarily Teaching Staff
National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
lori.cox-paul@nara.gov

Primarily Teaching Staff
NARA's Northeast Region (Boston)
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02452
annie.davis@nara.gov

Primarily Teaching Staff
NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth)
501 West Felix Street, Building 1
Fort Worth, Texas
jenny.mcmillen@nara.gov

Primarily Teaching Staff
NARA's Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle)
6125 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
seattle.archives@nara.gov

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

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