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Secondary Level-High School

DC: The Monumental City

Join university professors Drs. Ed Crowther and Rich Loosbrock for a grand bus tour of Washington. They have developed an entertaining and engaging style by using historical sites coupled with images and documents to provide a vivid and deep understanding of the events that shaped the American past. The tour will involve many stops with light walking. It will also stop for lunch (not provided in the cost) at a food court to ensure quick service to allow more time for seeing the monuments.

Highlights: Along the way, the tour will drive by most of the major sites around the National Mall and pass by many of the major museums and government building. The major portion of the day will be spent visiting the monuments that make D.C. famous. Monuments often reflect as much about the attitudes of the era in which they are built as they try to memorialize the person or event itself. The tour will examine the backstory of many of the major monument and discuss how these stories shape public memory.

Depending on traffic and construction, the tour will make stops at the White House, the World War II Memorial, the Jefferson, FDR, and King Memorials, and the Lincoln-Vietnam-Korean Group. It will also cross the Potomac to visit the National Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima). This is an excellent introduction to Washington for those who have not been there, but even for veteran visitors this promises to be an engaging tour.
Fee: $30 for members and nonmembers

Civil Rights, the Constitution and the National Archives

Host: National Archives, Washington, DC

Join National Archives educators for an engaging and fun-filled day exploring exhibits, discovering programs and researching primary sources related to the Bill of Rights and you!

  • Learn about the unique educational materials, methods, and experiences from National Archives locations across the United States, including Presidential Libraries.
  • Identify methods and resources that connect students with the past and prepare them for civic engagement in the 21st Century.
  • Discover innovative teaching strategies including DocsTeach, distance learning, Apps and eBooks that provide easy access to primary sources while modeling best teaching practices to encourage higher level thinking skills.
  • Tour the exhibits at the National Archives including “Amending America.” This exhibit explains the amendment process and examines why only 27 of the over 11,000 proposed amendments became part of the Constitution.
  • Research original records in the Innovation Hub and learn how to be part of this cutting edge concept in scanning records for public access.  

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

A Century of Women in Congress

Host: United States Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, DC

The House Historian’s Office, the Senate Historical Office, and the Capitol Visitor Center Exhibits and Education Division are pleased to offer this half-day educational clinic for teachers interested in learning more about the women who have served in the House and the Senate. Hosted at the Capitol Visitor Center, the clinic will offer a variety of instructional activities led by experts in the field.

Participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to learn about women who served in Congress with a special emphasis on the election of the first woman in Congress, Representative Jeannette Rankin, in 1916, through the groundbreaking “Year of the Woman” in 1992
  • Receive a behind-the-scenes look at a new oral history project featuring the recollections of women Representatives and House staff
  • Have the opportunity to speak with House and Senate historians and Capitol Visitor Center educational specialists about the historic role of women in Congress
  • Receive complimentary copies of the publications, Women in Congress,  Black Americans in Congress, and Hispanic Americans in Congress
  • Have the opportunity to view documents, objects, and photographs about women who served in Congress and receive tips on how to use these primary sources in the classroom
  • Receive an online tour of the educational resources available on House and Senate history

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

Tech + Narrative = Engaged Students

Harness the power of primary sources with Historical Narrative Inquiry! Foster the curiosity of learners to evaluate primary sources and create historical narratives on interactive timelines. Device needed.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers


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