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Celebrating the Presidents of the United States with Primary Sources

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 As we prepare to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12th and George Washington’s birthday on the 15th we thought it might be helpful to remind our readers of some of the resources we have on the presidents of the United States. We hope you enjoy the post below and the many other blog posts and teacher resources we have that honor the lives and work of the presidents.

Celebrating Washington’s Birthday: A Presidential Blog Round-Up

By law, the third Monday of February is called Washington’s Birthday, in honor of the first president of the United States after the ratification of the Constitution. However, many now use the day to honor or commemorate all U.S. presidents.

Are you looking for ways to celebrate George Washington or others who have held the highest office in the United States? Teaching with the Library of Congress has published a number of posts documenting their lives and experiences  using primary sources from the Library’s collections.

Inaugural Program Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Garner, 1933
Inaugural Program Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Garner, 1933

Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln: A Primary Source Set Honoring Three Presidents
Explore the legacy of three of our most important presidents using primary sources. This set includes resources that will help younger students understand the lives and how we commemorate these three individuals.

Beyond the Oath: Presidential Inaugurations Past to Present in Library of Congress Primary Sources
Explore the importance of the presidential inauguration and how the tone set at the inauguration can set the tone for the presidency.

Sculpture of Lincoln as captain in militia, 192-?
Sculpture of Lincoln as captain in militia, 192-?

George Washington: Living the “Rules of Civility”
Explore the rules that guided Washington’s behavior and helped him successfully navigate the experience of being the new nation’s first president.

The Person Behind the Presidency: Humanizing History
Explore the writings of Theodore Roosevelt to learn more about the man behind the office.

Point of View in Statues of Abraham Lincoln: Three Looks at a Leader – A Primary Source Starter
Explore how different memorials honor the life of Abraham Lincoln.

How do you plan to celebrate President’s Birthday? Let us know in the comments.

Comments (2)

  1. George Washington’s birthday is on February 22, 1732

    • That is his correct birthday however if you note in the primary blog post the U.S. government designated the third Monday in February as Washington’s Birthday and it is used as a day to celebrate all of the presidents.

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