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Fighting for the Right to Fight: African-American Experiences in WWII

Furthering its mission to educate younger generations about the important lessons of World War II, the National WWII Museum is once again hosting a live-streamed Electronic Field Trip (EFT) for students across the country. [See the full listings of hours, below.]
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

A Pocketful of History

--Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo
Read a biography. Then examine "pocket contents." In Lincoln's vest pocket? A draft for a speech, theater tickets, and a photograph of his family, among other items. "Artifacts" are suggested for the pockets of Benito Juarez (president of Mexico), Grandma Moses (artist), Mary McLeod Bethune (black educator), and others.

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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass

By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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July 12, 2018 - 1:30pm EDT to July 15, 2018 - 1:30pm EDT
The Civil War Trust's annual National Teacher Institute brings together educators from all over the world. This four-day event includes workshops, lectures, and tours from some of the leading experts in the history and education fields. Educators will be immersed in a friendly, fun, and engaging learning environment, where they will be able to network with other educators while learning new and innovative teaching methods.
June 18, 2018 - 9:30am EDT to July 21, 2018 - 1:30pm EDT

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer institutes for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., this professional development opportunity provides educators of all disciplines with resources and strategies to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching. Each session will focus on pedagogy, with an emphasis on supporting student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.

June 11, 2018 - 8:15am EDT to June 12, 2018 - 4:15pm EDT
You can serve as a judge for the upcoming National Contest, the conclusion of the annual National History Day program. Judging will take place at the University of Maryland, College Park, on Monday, June 11, 2018 for the Junior Division (grades 6-8) and Tuesday, June 12 for the Senior Division (grades 9-12).
Over months, grade 6-12 students have been conducting extensive research on topics related to an annual theme and present their findings in historical papers, exhibits, documentaries, performances, and websites. This year the theme is "Conflict and Compromise in History."
July 24, 2018 - 9:00am EDT to July 28, 2018 - 9:00am EDT
The application for the 3rd Annual Friends of the National World War II Memorial Teachers Conference,“Struggle for National Unity in World War II: Perspectives and Lessons”, is now online. The conference will feature presentations by fellow educators and other experts in the area of World War II history, a panel discussion with WWII veterans, tours of sites of significance, and a remembrance ceremony at the Memorial. Each participant who takes part in the full conference will receive a certificate for 26 continuing education hours.

July 9, 2018 - 1:00pm EDT to July 13, 2018 - 1:00pm EDT
Be inspired this summer! Attend one of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's week-long institutes in Washington, D.C. Join educators from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts. Museum professionals lead participants in interactive content sessions, gallery talks, and hands-on activities that use American art to make interdisciplinary connections and foster critical thinking skills.

Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspectives (OSU online magazine)

Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspectives is a free, on-line magazine that includes articles, podcasts, short “milestones,” and Top Ten lists produced by some of America’s leading historians -- and all connecting the past with the present. Origins covers the globe.
The magazine is designed for use in high school and college classes in American history, world history, current events, and contemporary politics. It is a joint production of the history departments at Ohio State University and Miami University. You and your students can find it at


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