Sep 16, 2016 2016-09-16
What was George Washington really thinking about during the Constitutional Convention? What were Alexander Hamilton’s parting sentiments to his wife, Eliza, before his fatal duel with Aaron Burr? What did Thomas Jefferson try to cover up in his original draft of the Declaration of Independence, and how did scientists at the Library of Congress uncover the truth? In honor of Constitution Day, Discovery Education will take students behind the scenes at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. On September 16, 2016, at 1 p.m. (ET), participating classrooms will have the opportunity to meet the new Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, the first woman and first African American to hold this prestigious office. Students will also tour the largest library in the world and, through diaries, letters, and other primary sources written by George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and others, explore the unique perspectives of America’s founders. Finally, participants will tour one of the library’s research labs not open to the public to see how scientists are uncovering new information from 200-year-old documents. This is not a live event, so classes can watch the two-part webcast as many times as they like, whenever they like, beginning September 16. Students will also be able to participate in a live Twitter chat with the Librarian of Congress during the event, using #DEConstitutionDay2016.