School Tours and Programs

General Programming Information

School Season

As a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Carter Library is closed until further notice and unable to provide onsite Museum and Classroom programming. However, distance learning programs are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from September 8, 2020 - May 21, 2021; during the summer months, requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. You can also experience our museum remotely through our Virtual Tour.

Program Reservations/Cancellations/Rescheduling

All current distance learning options are offered free of charge to students in grades K-12. All program options require a minimum of 10 students participating for consideration. To ensure a safe and productive online experience, requestor must be willing to host event, serve as moderator and provide access to Carter Library presenters as co-hosts on a distance learning platform approved by their institution (e.g. Zoom).

Reservations must be made in writing at least two weeks prior to desired program date. All programs are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive a confirmation email from our Education staff. For information on the appropriate age level and maximum group size for a specific tour, see “Distance Learning Options During Covid-19” below.

To submit a request for distance learning programming, please complete our online Tour Reservation Form. To make a special request for distance learning programming or to obtain further details, contact: Joshua Montanari, Education Specialist | email: joshua.montanari@nara.gov

Distance Learning Options During Covid-19

The following Student Programs are offered virtually Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from September 8, 2020 - May 21, 2021; during the summer months, arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis:


Primed on the Presidency

Grades 1-2: In this program, students will explore and actively discuss the Executive Branch through the lens of primary sources of the Carter Library and National Archives as they answer the essential question “What is the American Presidency and how does it affect me? Topics examined by students include the qualifications, powers and the electoral process of the Presidency as prescribed by the United States Constitution.

Length: 45 minutes

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Grades 3-4: Students will be engaged with the Legislative branch and its role in the federal government through primary document analysis and discussion. This interactive program will also provide exposure to how the diverse interests of Americans shape our democracy through the legislative process as they navigate passage of a bill.

Length: 45 minutes


The Extraordinary Life of President Carter

Grades 2-12: Throughout his life, President Carter has found himself in extraordinary circumstances faced with extraordinary opportunities, many of which were brought about by the American Presidency. This classroom program will examine civic engagement and discuss the primary sources of the Carter Library and National Archives to address the question, “What is the secret to an extraordinary life?”

Length: 45 minutes


Jimmy Carter for National History Day

Grades 6-12: Will your students be participating in National History Day? This workshop will provide an overview of this annual national contest, and of primary sources and research tools available from the Carter Library and National Archives that connect the 39th President to the latest theme. Students will also learn insights and tips to producing an effective submission.

Length: 60 minutes


Going to the Sources: The Camp David Peace Accords

Grades 6-12: Students will hone their research skills through analysis of pertinent primary sources to contextualize the issues that were at stake during the Camp David Peace Accords, including the Middle East Peace Process and the Cold War. Participants will also make connections between this historic summit and the U.S. Constitution.

Length: 60 minutes


Presidential Powers and Precedents: Jimmy Carter, ANILCA and the Antiquities Act

Grades 8-12: Between 1978 and 1980, President Carter used the Antiquities Act of 1906 as leverage to bring Congress to the table and pass the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), protecting over 150 million acres of public land and expediting implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. Was he justified or did he exceed his Constitutional authority? Were there checks or balances to his actions by the other branches of government or state governments? Has the Antiquities Act strengthened or weakened our democracy? These and other questions will be discussed during this online workshop that will examine primary sources from the holdings of the Carter Library and National Archives Catalog.

Length: 60 minutes


Planning for the Future: Jimmy Carter and the Energy Crisis

Grades 8-12: On February 2, 1977, less than two weeks after assuming the Presidency, Jimmy Carter addressed the nation in a televised “fireside chat” to speak to Americans about the looming Energy Crisis. What tools and resources does the Constitution provide the Executive branch to take on such a crisis? What role do the other branches of government play? How did ordinary Americans respond to help reshape our democracy and life as we know it? This program will examine the 39th President’s response to this crisis through the lens of primary sources of the Carter Library and National Archives.

Length: 60 minutes

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