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Teaching the Vietnam War through Documents, Photography, and Poetry
  • Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Friday, July 14, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 pm
  • Location: National Archives Museum, Washington, DC

The National Archives and the Academy of American Poets have partnered to produce a dynamic summer teacher workshop on the subject of the Vietnam War. Attendees will be guided through techniques for teaching about the Vietnam War that incorporate National Archives primary source documents, historical photographs, and poetry.

During this workshop, historians, poets, and art educators will guide attendees through techniques for teaching about the Vietnam War. These methodologies employ three types of source material: 1) National Archives primary source documents; 2) historical photographs, and 3) poetry. Each provides a different means of getting closer to the truth(s) of the conflict.

Speakers include:

  • – Richard Blanco, 2013 Presidential Inauguration Poet, Education Ambassador, Academy of American Poets
  • – Michael Hussey, Ph.D., Museum Program Manager of the National Archives

Workshop attendance limited to 15 teachers and educators. The workshop fee is $100.



Day One:

  • – Introduction of speakers and discussion of workshop objectives
  • – The Vietnam War: teaching techniques using primary source documents
  • – The Vietnam War: teaching techniques using historical photographs

Day Two:

  • – The Vietnam War: Teaching through Poetry. [Based on a teaching plan authored by Mady Holzer, Educator in Residence, Academy of American Poets

Day Three:

  • – Synthesizing the source material – how to use archival documents, photographs, and poetry together.

Reservations must be made online or by calling 202.357.5946. The program fee is non-refundable. A space cannot be reserved without full payment.