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Conference TOMORROW! Sharing the Inauguration with Students
by Phyllis Hartfiel - Wednesday, 9 January 2013, 08:05 AM

I Do Solemnly Swear: Presidential Inaugurations is a collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files related to inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to Barack Obama's inauguration of 2009. The presentation, which was compiled by the Library of Congress, includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs and sheet music. The collection is organized chronologically by presidential inauguration.

The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies is launching its 2013 Online Conference Series, which is open to students, teachers and the public and is free to participate. The first in the series, "Teaching the 57th US Presidential Inauguration," will provide information on the historical and contemporary significance of the upcoming and previous inauguration ceremonies. The free online conference, to be held on January 10, 2013, will feature a Q&A with experts from the Smithsonian.

Reprinted with permission from the January 3, 2013 issue of The Big Deal Book Newsletter.