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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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Washington and the colt from True Stories of Great Americans

Is it all right to make up stories about real people to teach children about [...] »

Portrait, Lyndon B. Johnson, 1966, P. Hurd, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division.

Through oral history interviews, audio files, texts, and other primary sources [...] »

Print, James Madison, 4th president of the US, 1830s, Library of Congress.

Explore James Madison's life through his correspondence, personal notes, drafts [...] »

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Photography, Magnified, 10 March 2009, Jake Bouma, Flickr CC

Searching for new, exciting ways to engage your students in the classroom? Why [...] »

painting, George Washington, 1817, John Trumbull, Flickr CC

This website by the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery will help students analyze [...] »

Keep young students focused during field trips—use cameras! [...] »

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Test your presidential knowledge!

Photo, Lady Bird Johnson speaks with President Lyndon B. Johnson following. . .

When the presidents' maladies threatened to affect their performance. [...] »

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 [...] »

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