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  Welcome To The New Education Resource!

This Week We Feature Presidential Libraries

The following information about America's Presidential Libraries is taken from the National Archives and Records Administration website:

The Presidential Library system is composed of thirteen Presidential Libraries. These facilities are overseen by the Office of Presidential Libraries, in the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries are not libraries in the usual sense. They are archives and museums, bringing together in one place the documents and artifacts of a President and his administration and presenting them to the public for study and discussion without regard for political considerations or affiliations. Presidential Libraries and Museums, like their holdings, belong to the American people.

Presidential Libraries offer programs that provide a different perspective on history and the Presidency. With stimulating education programs, the Libraries offer everyone, from school children to seasoned scholars, opportunities to learn about our Presidents' leadership.

The Presidential Libraries allow you to research comprehensive presidential materials -- every day the President and his staff generate thousands of documents providing insight into the issues confronting our nation. Presidential Libraries preserve not only these official records, but also the personal papers of Presidential family members, associates, and friends, and audio and visual collections.

The Presidential Libraries provide a broad range of educational opportunities for students of all ages. Each Presidential Library offers programs designed to introduce students to American history and the Presidency and to inform teachers about the use of primary source documents in teaching history.  

While many of the activities are developed to complement visits to the individual libraries, there are many wonderful online activities that you should be aware of available through the Presidential Libraries unique websites and online exhibits.

One example of a great educational resource is the Presidential Libraries Podcasts. In these historical clips from the Libraries' collections, you'll hear Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton talk about serious policy issues with their advisors, address the nation, or have conversations with friends and family members. You'll hear the presidents speak both publicly and privately about issues of their day.  Go to

Another resource utilizing digitized assets from the collections of the Presidential Libraries is the Presidential Timeline -- -- an interactive website featuring audio, video, documents, and educational materials from the Libraries.  

President John F. Kennedy visiting Seattle in 1961. Image courtesy, Museum of History & Industry
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