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Presidents Day

How can we learn what past presidents thought and felt? Reading presidential letters gives students a chance to "hear" the professional and personal voices of presidents. FIND OUT MORE »

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Discover sources on the presidency

Postcard, McKinley Mausoleum. . . , c. 1910, M.S. Courtney, McKinley. . . site

Explore the assassination of President McKinley and the social context thereof. [...] »

FDR during a 1934 Fireside Chat. LOC

Historian Allida Black analyzes FDR's April 28, 1935 Fireside Chat. What ideas [...] »

Photo, Thomas J. Putnam, Director of..., Jan. 13, 2011, archivesnews, Flickr

Happy Presidents Day! What better place to turn to for presidential history [...] »

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Teaching Resources

Learn strategies for teaching the presidency

What do the contents of pockets say about their owners? TAH teachers model [...] »

Photo, Camp X-Ray, Craig P. Strawser, January 8, 2006, Navy.mil

An 8th-grade teacher gets to the big picture via a specific historical case. [...] »

Poster, Out of the wilderness, Albert M. Bender, c.1939-1943, LoC

How do historians think about films like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln? Take a [...] »

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Test your presidential knowledge!

Photo, George and Laura Bush during the 2005 Inaugural Parade, 2005

Can you match these famous first words with their presidential speakers? [...] »

Woodcut on wove paper, "Union,"  c. 1848, Thomas W. Strong, Library of Congress

Decide whether these statements on the more-than-50-year-old tradition of [...] »

Lithograph, "The Issue Joined," 1846, H.R. Robinson's Lith., Library of Congress

Fond or far-fetched, everyone has one—but as president, nicknames garner [...] »

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