Primarily Teaching 2015

A Summer Workshop for Educators on Using Historical Documents in the ClassroomPresented by National Archives staff at:

  • The National Archives at Atlanta, Morrow, GA, June 22–26

  • The National Archives at Chicago, June 22–26

  • The National Archives at Seattle, July 6–10

  • The National Archives in Washington, DC, July 6–10

  • The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch, IA, July 20–24


All workshops will have a national theme—Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History—matching that of National History Day in 2016. Each National Archives location will explore a specific case study, with original documents in our archival holdings, that fits within this broader theme:

  • Atlanta: To the Moon!: NASA Records

  • Chicago: The U.S. Encounters a World War: The WWI Homefront in the Midwest

  • Seattle: Effects of Lewis and Clark on Modern Native America

  • Washington, DC: Chinese Immigration to the United States, 1882-1920

  • The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library: Case Studies from the Hoover Library

Participants will find between 3 and 5 items (documents, photos, maps, etc.) to scan and describe, which will be added to while participants are onsite. Participants will also produce a DocsTeach learning activity using the digitized materials.


  • The fee for each of the workshops is $100, which includes all materials.

  • Graduate credit from a major university is available for an additional fee for most sessions.

  • You will receive a stipend upon successful completion of the course.


Apply no later than six weeks before the workshop. Participation in each session is limited to 10 members, 15 in Washington, DC. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Primarily Teaching is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the support of Texas Instruments and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Posted on May 2, 2015 .