Presidential Primary Resources Project

Subjects: Research; Teachers

Presidential Primary Resources Project

Thursday, March 27, 2014

On April 8, 2014, the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University will provide an interactive learning experience for students in grades 8-12. As part of the Presidential Primary Sources Project, the Theodore Roosevelt Center is one of five presidential sites offering live videoconferencing to classrooms around the country. This year’s overall theme is “Leadership in a Time of Crisis,” and the session on April 8 is titled “Theodore Roosevelt: Making Peace and War.”  Students will use primary source documents, including letters, photographs, political cartoons, and sheet music, to consider how Roosevelt exercised leadership in two very different circumstances:  as president, negotiating peace to end the Russo-Japanese War, and following his presidency, advocating for military preparedness and for America’s entry into World War I. 

The first 10 classrooms or public libraries that register will be included in the live videoconference. Registration is available at (Participating sites will need access to an H.323 compliant desktop video conferencing software program or room system, and testing of the site’s videoconference capabilities is required and will be arranged upon registration.) Additional participants will be able to view the live web stream at

For the April 8 session, teacher materials are available here.

The Presidential Primary Sources Project is a collaborative program among U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, National Parks, the Internet2 K20 Initiative, and other primary source stakeholders.