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David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History

found in: preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12  social studies

David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History  is a resource of The White House Historical Association founded in 1961 by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Classroom Resource Packets includes 30 PDF packets to download on aspects of the White House and the Presidents who have lived there. The packets are best suited to supplement teacher plans. No standards are listed. No grade levels are specified, but all suggested activities can be adjusted for grade level and subject area.

For example, Designing the White House: 1792 – 1830  provides an introduction to the packet’s subject and a link to a larger view of the architectural sketch of the North Front of the White House drawn by Samuel Blodget, Jr. in the early 1800s. The PDF  ( PDF, 476 KB, 8 pgs.) provides a contextual essay, contemporary images, and links to 15 additional images of maps, sketches, and paintings. The section Suggestions for Teachers describes a writing activity, class discussion, and research project.

Digital Library provides thousands of images under ten headings related to the White House. Images can be filtered by format, date, period, categories, and people.

Video Resources  Five short videos (less than 5 min) that use archival photographs explore the Whiter House during the Civil War, the influence of African American chefs, the peaceful transfer of power, and more.

White House History Teacher Institute is a five-day summer program in Washington, D.C for professional development. Two sessions are offered in 2020: July 6-10 and July 13-17. Lodging is covered and stipends available for all those accepted. Teachers can apply between December 1, 2019 and February 1, 2020. For more information, see the PDF Flyer.  ( PDF, 472 KB, 2 pgs)


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