Jan 4, 2013

57th US Presidential Inauguration, January 21

The 57th Presidential Inauguration will take place Monday, January 21. Here are just a few resources to help you share the history of this event with your students:

The Joint Congressional Committee site shares great information about the history, facts and firsts, inauguration weather, and a wonderful visual chronology of previous swearing in ceremonies (with photos or paintings for each event).

The Library of Congress Presidential Inauguration site has a wealth of information and artifacts related to previous events.  Of particular interest is the collection of digitized artifacts which includes transcripts of speeches, photos and portraits, as well as a selection of personal letters and diary entries.

The Smithsonian Online Education Conferences division is kicking of 2013 with a set of web based gatherings dedicated to the 57th Presidential Inauguration and its place in history.  Representatives from the National Museum of American History, the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies will lead the conference.

Teacher Preview Session: Monday, January 7th, 2013, at 4PM (designed with teachers and educators in mind).
Help your students make connections to current events and become active witnesses to history. In this panel session, you’ll hear from three Smithsonian educators about interactive and ready-to-use resources for the classroom that explore the role of the presidency and highlight historic inaugural ceremonies of the past. You’ll find additional recommended Smithsonian learning in the Virtual Exhibit Hall. All this will be excellent preparation for the Q&A sessions with Smithsonian experts, to be held on Thursday, January 10th, 2013 starting at 1PM, EST. All sessions will be archived for your convenience.

Teaching the 57th U.S. Presidential Inauguration, Q&A with Smithsonian Experts: Thursday, January 10th, 2013, starting at 1PM (three hour-long interactive sessions open to all, with classrooms in mind). The first session (1:00) looks at the Inauguration event and its place in history. At 2:00 the focus shifts to the role of the President. The 3:00 session will be photographic analysis of Inaugural events.