The Presidential Primary Sources Project

Project Information

2016 PPSP Program Flyer

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The Presidential Primary Sources Project is a collaborative program sponsored by historic sites and museums, the National Parks Service, U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, and the Internet2 community. The goal of the annual project is to engage classrooms throughout the national and international education community with an overarching theme, utilizing primary source documents for student research and presentation.

PPSP 2016 Program Series Title:  “Presidential Powers and the Constitution”
Program Series Description:  In Article II of the United States Constitution, the nation’s Founders boldly created something
the world had never seen before:  A head of state whose power came not from heredity or force
but from the people.  Over the course of our country’s history, the power and authority of the
Executive Branch has ebbed and flowed, sometimes in ways the Founders never imagined. Through the use of primary source documents and interactive videoconferencing, our 2016 PPSP program series will allow students to explore how different presidents in different eras have interpreted and exercised presidential powers.

Learning standards

Because of the broad nature of the presidential theme, teachers will find that a number of the historical presentations coincide with their yearly curriculum. Additionally, research and synthesis requirements expected by national and state standards can also be integrated at various points in a teacher’s syllabus. Each video conference will be associated with its coinciding National Standards to assist teachers in these efforts.  Please see the program flyer for more details.



Arts and humanities
Digital Collections
Classroom collaboration
Audience Level: 
Middle School
High School
Resources and Materials

Date and Time: 
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 14:00

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter doubled the size of the National Park System when he signed the 

Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 09:00 to 09:45

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln at the end of the Civil War placed Andrew Johnson in a delicate situation of restorin

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 12:30

Addressing a joint session of Congress on March 12, 1947, President Harry S.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 16:45

A successful and world-renowned mining engineer, Herbert Hoover's reputation for integrity, efficiency, and problem-solvin

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 09:00

The presentation focuses on Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s visit to America in 1959, specifically President Eisenhower

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Kristin Guidry
member since 2013
Randy Stout
member since 2013
Lea Bentley Castillo
member since 2013
James Werle
member since 2013
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