The Papers of George Washingtonare a monumental collection of 140,000 documents assembled by editors and scholars at the University of Virginia, who searched more than 300 libraries and archives in the United States and overseas to complete the picture of America’s first president and his times. Washington’s correspondence, his diary, and papers from his presidency make up the bulk of the project, which also includes letters written to him. Documents touch on nearly all facets of life in the late colonial period and provide insight into the founding of the nation. Detailed records of his farming, trading, and land interests range from financial account books to orders and invoices from British merchants to lists of those enslaved. Washington also kept meticulous records of his time commanding the American Revolutionary Army and serving as president. Washington’s character can be seen in the words he chose. His papers reveal, for example, how the burden of forming the new nation weighed heavily on him. Washington summed up these feelings in an address before the Connecticut Legislature in October 1789. In addition to their availability in printed volumes, the papers are accessible at Founders Online. The digital version includes notations identifying people and places, and provides context where needed. The website for the project has maps, an image gallery of Washington and his family, and scans of documents that allow the reader to see Washington’s sprawling handwriting up close. Sixty-three of a projected 90 volumes are complete, with the remainder to be done by 2023.
A generation of children grew up playing settlers heading west on the Oregon Trail. They remember it mostly for the moment their party died of dysentery. Now, a new spin on the wagon train game focuses on more accurately representing Native Americans and includes new storylines and playable Native American characters.
The Carter Center for K–12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri focuses on research projects and teacher professional development activities that seek to improve K–12 Black history education. The Carter Center’s Annual Teaching Black History Conference brings together educators who seek transformative and engaging ways to teach Black history in both history and humanities courses, preK–grade 12.
In 2013 the Tunnel to Towers Foundation launched its 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit, a tribute to all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, including the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) who made the ultimate sacrifice.