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[Fwd: President Announces National Initiative on American History]

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"Judith K. Graves" <[log in to unmask]>

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American Memory Fellows <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 18 Sep 2002 08:46:10 -0400

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>Hi Everyone,
>This is on a couple of professional lists today - and in the Washington 
>Post this morning.  I've been to the web sites.  You'll find a lot of 
>information about the program and documents.  Read beyond the My Documents 
>program because this is only one of several initiatives around teaching 
>American history.

Judy



>-------- Original Message --------
>Subject: President Announces National Initiative on American History
>Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 01:24:16 -0400
>
>President Bush Announces National Initiative on American History,
>Civics,
>and Service
>
>Today President George W. Bush observed the 215th anniversary of the
>signing
>of the United States Constitution by announcing a national initiative
>titled
>“Our Documents: A National Initiative on American History, Civics, and
>Service.”  “Our Documents” was created through a collaboration between
>National History Day (NHD), the National Archives and Records
>Administration, the Corporation for National and Community Service and
>the
>USA Freedom Corps in order to promote public exploration and
>understanding
>of how our rights and responsibilities as Americans have taken shape
>over
>time.
>
>This link will direct you to a PDF file that has an in-depth overview of
>the
>"Our Documents" project:
>  http://www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?page=download_information_kit
>
>Download a PDF version of the "Our Documents poster that was unveiled at
>the
>rose garden reception:
>  http://www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?page=download_poster
>
>You can also learn more by going to www.ourdocuments.gov or
>www.nationalhistoryday.org
>
>“Our Documents” invites all Americans to participate in a series of
>events
>and programs to get us thinking, talking and teaching about the rights
>and
>responsibilities of citizens in our democracy.  The project includes
>workshops, town meetings, competitions, and votes for students,
>teachers,
>parents and the general public.  “Our Documents” revolves around 100
>milestone American documents drawn from thousands of public laws,
>Supreme
>Court decisions, inaugural speeches, treaties, constitutional
>amendments,
>and other national artifacts that have shaped us as a people and that
>are
>part of our nation’s archives.  Beginning with the Lee Resolution of
>1776
>and culminating with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 these documents
>reflect
>our diversity, our unity, and our commitment as a nation to continue the
>work of forming “a more perfect union.”
>
>The goal of “Our Documents” is to engage students, teachers, parents,
>and
>the general public in reading these historical documents and ask them to
>vote at www.OurDocuments.gov for the one they consider the most
>significant.
>Through this process Americans will explore the nation’s civic legacy
>and
>reflect on the meanings of citizenship in a republican democracy.
>
>Through the course of the school year “Our Documents” will engage
>students
>and teachers in the 2002-2003 National History Day program theme “Rights
>and
>Responsibilities in History.”  Students across America will explore
>their
>rights and responsibilities by creating original performances,
>documentaries, papers, or three-dimensional exhibits as part of
>“Understanding Our Documents: A National Competition for Students.”
>History
>and social studies teachers will also have the opportunity to develop
>document-based lesson plans for national awards and distribution.
>“Teaching
>Our Documents: A Lesson Competition for Educators” invites teachers to
>develop and test a classroom lesson focusing on one or several of the
>100
>Milestone Documents in US History.  Educator and student awards will be
>announced at the National History Day competition June 15-19, 2003 at
>the
>University of Maryland at College Park.
>
>Other projects and events involved in “Our Documents” include:
>
>·       An OurDocuments.gov Website with resources for teachers, students and
>others.
>·       A poster distributed to schools across America to promote this special
>initiative      and focus America’s attention on understanding the past as a
>guide.
>·       A source book of lessons related to the 100 significant documents in
>American        history.  The lessons are designed for classroom use and
>include
>enrichment      suggestions for further study and research of the 100
>milestone
>documents.
>·       Teacher workshops related to “Our Documents” in every state during the
>2002-   2003 school year.
>·       Video and CDROM based instructional materials for the classroom.
>·       A live-televised town meeting on history and democracy, sponsored and
>produced by The History Channel.
>
>In inviting all Americans to participate in “Our Documents”, the
>collaborators hope to keep the conversation started by the nation’s
>founders
>on national rights and responsibilities alive in America’s classrooms.
>
>National History Day is not just one day, but a yearlong education
>organization that makes history come alive through educator professional
>development and active student learning.  Effective educators like
>Chauncey
>Veatch, 2002 National Teacher of the Year, incorporate NHD into their
>curriculum and over 2 million people are annually engaged in NHD
>programs.
>The organization has received the National Endowment for the Humanities
>Charles Frankel Prize for public programming and is funded nationally by
>Cargill, The History Channel, and other corporations, foundations and
>individuals.
>
>For more information visit the official website at www.ourdocuments.gov
>
>-30-
>
>CONTACT: Mark Robinson, National History Day, 301-314-9542;
>[log in to unmask]

Judith K. Graves
Digital Project Coordinator
Library of Congress
110 Second St, SE
Washington, DC  20540-4604
(v)202/707-2562   (f)202/252-3116
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http://www.loc.gov/

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