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10/27/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/27/2021 11:01

Fall Programs for Kids

Washington, DC

Join us in November for a series of Young Learners Programs. Each program includes documents from the holdings of the National Archives and links to educational activities in our free DocsTeach.org resource. Students will be able to "meet" Frederick Douglass and learn more about Native American leaders and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. These are free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested.

Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present
Wednesday, November 3, at 11 a.m. ET, View on YouTube; Register online
For National Native American Heritage Month, we present author, educator, and podcaster Adrienne Keene, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She will share biographies from her young adult book, Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present. The biographies of the historical indigenous people will be paired with historical records from the holdings of the National Archives and related DocsTeach activities.

Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Wednesday, November 10 at 11 a.m. ET, View on YouTube; Register online
November 11, 2021, is the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Author Jeff Gottesfeld will read from his children's book Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which tells the story of how the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier came into being. He will be joined by a Tomb guard who will explain the rigorous process of being selected as a guard and the 27-hour shifts of their duty.

The National Archives Comes Alive: Young Learners Program: Meet Frederick Douglass
Monday, November 15, at 11 a.m. ET, View on YouTube.
Meet Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman (portrayed by Phil Darius Wallace). Douglass escaped from slavery in 1838. He became an influential force in the abolition movement with his powerful speeches, including "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July," and his antislavery newspaper, The North Star. Douglass continued to fight for rights of African Americans after slavery was abolished with the 13th Amendment. In 1889, Douglass was appointed U.S. Minister to Haiti.

Stay in your PJs and watch our earlier Virtual Pajama Parties!

  • Sylvia and Aki by Winifred Conkling, with title character Sylvia Mendez herself!
    The book explores the friendship of two third-grade girls: Sylvia Mendez and Aki Munemitsu. When the Munemitsu family is sent to a Japanese internment camp in Arizona during World War II, the Mendez family takes over the Munemitsu family farm in California. Sylvia looks forward to the start of school, only to learn that she and her siblings cannot enroll, although her lighter skinned cousins could, because of the discriminatory policy.
  • I Got This: To Gold and Beyondwith Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez!
    Participants learned more about gymnastics, the Olympics, and women in sports as Hernandez shared and answered questions about her life in gymnastics, training for the Olympics, and post-Olympic experiences, while emphasizing the importance of trying new things, setting goals, and hard work. Special appearances by Deputy Archivist Debra Wall and Archivist David S. Ferriero.
  • The Hero Two Doors Downwith author Sharon Robinson
    Jackie Robinson's daughter shares her book The Hero Two Doors Down about her dad's barrier-breaking baseball career and lifelong commitment to civil rights. Participants read Robinson's inspiring book, learned about historical documents in the National Archives, and created and shared their own artwork and writing based on themes from the book.