The focus of this year’s essay and documentary contest is “Voting Rights Today.” The Voting Rights Act was passed as a result of the widespread disenfranchisement of countless Americans who were denied the right to vote based on their race, gender, or class. This act enforced the right to vote nationwide guaranteed by the fifteenth and nineteenth amendments.
Submissions will be accepted January 1–26, 2015.
$2,500 first place award, plus travel for the winner and his/her parent to attend the award ceremony in April 2015
$1,000 second place award
$1,000 award to first place student’s sponsoring teacher, plus travel to attend award ceremony
Today’s post comes from Renee Rhodes, social media intern in our Education and Public Programs division.
The holidays are quickly approaching, followed closely by the end of the year. But we still have more great workshops to offer before 2014 closes. Check out some of the events hosted by National Archives and Presidential Library locations around the country in December. Have a happy holiday season!
(Online) VGo Robot “Millie” Tours
Remotely control a tour of The George Bush Presidential Library World War II exhibit by driving VGO Robot “Millie,” named after the First Dog of the 41st Bush Administration. Free 45-minute virtual tours with an Education Volunteer are available Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with prior registration.
(Online & College Station, TX)“The Wizard of Oz is in You: Stand Up for Yourself!” – Tuesday, December 2, 10:30 – 11:30 am & 12:30 – 1:30 pm CT
Two free programs via distance learning or onsite from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. For grades 4–8 and adult learners, with author and storyteller Barbara Hailey, to learn how to rely on “The Wizard of Oz” strengths to promote self-esteem and prevent bullying. Free online distance learning (video-conference, live stream or recording) registration at www.connect2texas.net/bushlibrary41.
(Online) National History Day Category Exploration Google Hangout – December 2, 6 pm ET
Explore categories for projects online with the National History Day organization and the National Archives.
(Washington, DC) Making Their Mark Adult Workshop Series: Calligraphy Basics – December 3, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Learn the basics of calligraphy just in time for the holidays in the final workshop in conjunction with the Making Their Mark exhibit at the National Archives Museum.
(Simi Valley, CA) Second Annual Student Film Festival at the Reagan Presidential Library- December 3, 7 pm
Celebrate film at this showcase of student-created documentaries on the American Presidency. Representatives from Hollywood Studios will present winning students with awards at this red carpet event. Bring the entire family! Contact Reaganeducation@nara.gov
(Chicago, IL) They Came From…Using Immigration Records – Saturday, December 13, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Explore historic records from the National Archives related to the arrival and assimilation of immigrants that would be useful in teaching the subject. Learn more and register.
(Atlanta, GA) American History for Home Schoolers – Wednesday, December 17
Bring your home schoolers to the National Archives at Atlanta for “A Very Uncivil Affair: A Documentary History of the Civil War” from 10 am – noon and “Parallel Paths—Part I: Reconstruction to the Beginnings of Jim Crow: from 1 – 3 pm. Curriculum level is appropriate for 8th through 12th grade. Pre-registration is not required but an RSVP prior to each monthly event is appreciated. There is no cost to attend. Students under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent.
(Online) Get Ready for 2015 with Fun Activities & Free National Archives Documents – December 30, 8:30 pm ET
Join this free professional development webinar to prepare for 2015.
(Washington, DC) Boeing Learning Center - Mondays – Saturdays, 10 am – 3 pm
Sinte Galeska, ca. 1880, also known as Spotted Tail, a chief of the Bruleton, band of the Oglala Sioux, was one of the signers of the Fort Laramie Treaty.
American Indian Treaties can be an extremely important starting point for teaching the history of a Native American tribe or tribes from a particular area of the United States.
These historic documents mark the beginning of a tribe’s transition from Sovereign Nation, with it’s own independent government and land base, to a “domestic, dependent, Nation” (Supreme Court 1831). Over time, these “dependent” Nations were sometimes further reduced to “confederations” where from just a few to twenty or more separate tribes, bands, and communities were moved into one reservation area together and treated as one governmental entity.
In addition, we’ve prepared the first of a series of DocsTeach teaching activities related to these treaties, entitled Treaties and Treaty Making. It can help teachers explain, in a simple way, the concept of treaty making between governments and the original sovereignty and independent nature of Native American tribes. More DocsTeach activities will be added in the near future to further illustrate these concepts and to provide easy materials for classroom use.
American Indian Treaties currently available on DocsTeach include:
* 1795 – Treaty of Greenville, August 3, 1795 (Ratified Indian Treaty #23, 7 STAT 49), between the Wyandot, Delaware, Shawnee, Ottawa, Chippewa, Potawatomie, Miami, Eel River, Wea, Kickapoo, Piankashaw, and Kaskaskia Tribes and signed by “Mad” Anthony Wayne, that ended the Indian War on the Northwestern Frontier, commonly called “Wayne’s War, 8/3/1795.
* 1865 – Treaty of Little Arkansas River, October 14, 1865 (Ratified Indian Treaties #341, 14 STAT 703) between the U.S. and Arapahoe and Cheyenne Indians (Black Kettle Band) granting lands in reparation for the Sand Creek Massacre, 11/29/1964.
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