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Presidential Addresses

Presidential commemorations are in the forefront of the news this week as we approach the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (November 19) and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy (November 22). Like many other American presidents, both gave speeches at Independence Hall and measured the challenges of their times against the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. To read these and other presidential speeches at Independence Hall, click here.

For Public History and U.S. History Classes

This site is a work in progress, but the teaching guides for public history and U.S. history classes are ready (and will continue to grow with new links and teaching strategies).  For public history classes and staff development workshops, also see the President’s House Case Study, which offers a step-by-step encounter with the process of marking the site of the President’s House in Philadelphia, including the challenge of acknowledging slavery in close proximity to the Liberty Bell.  I welcome feedback from colleagues who are teaching with Independence Hall in American Memory, and I hope you will add your teaching suggestions to these online guides.