February 16, 2012
To mark Presidents Day, the Miller Center at the University of Virginia has launched Presidential Classroom, an online resource to teach students about the U.S. presidency and government.
The site includes exhibits and lesson plans on key moments in our nation’s history that feature the Center’s unique materials, such as audio and transcripts of the secret White House tapes recorded by every president from Franklin Roosevelt to Richard Nixon.
"The Presidential Classroom is an online resource for both student and teacher focused on non-partisan civic education. So, government, politics, history, policy, and it evolved from an organization that began in 1969, bringing students directly to Washington D.C.," said Miller Center Librarian Sheila Blackford.
Visitors to Presidential Classroom can hear firsthand John F. Kennedy telling his advisers that going to the moon is a top priority; calls from Air Force One as it traveled back to Washington following Kennedy’s assassination; a conversation between Nixon and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger about withdrawing from Vietnam; and many more historic moments. Many of the exhibits include biographical information and related documents.
“On this Presidents Day, students across the country will be learning about Washington, Lincoln and the other presidents who have led our country. Presidential Classroom will be an invaluable resource for both these students and their teachers, providing them with unparalleled, in-depth materials about some of our country’s most pivotal moments. History will come alive for those who log onto the site,” said Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, director and CEO of the Miller Center.
For more on Presidential Classroom, click here.
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