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Citizen Historian: Submitting Sources from Local Archives


This Citizen Historian lesson teaches students to go into local archives to in order to find and analyze artifacts related to the Lincoln Assassination and share on the Remembering Lincoln website.

Note: We recommend that the teacher has introduced primary sources to the students before conducting this lesson. Here are some recommended sources for teaching an introduction to primary and secondary sources:

Guiding Questions

  • How did the different people in the United States and the world react to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln?
  • How do you find primary sources related to a specific event in history?
  • What is the purpose of archives and how do you use them?


  • Discover and analyze primary sources related to the Lincoln assassination
  • Locate items in a local archive
  • Summarize those sources
  • Share the findings at large



Teacher Preparation
What the teacher needs to do to prepare for a visit to the Archives.
Lesson Activity One: Introduction to Remembering Lincoln
The teacher introduces students to citizen history projects and the Remembering Lincoln website.
Lesson Activity Two: Archives
Students visit the Archives in order to find an artifact to submit to the Remembering Lincoln website.
Lesson Activity Three: Primary Source Analysis and Submission
After analyzing their artifact, students submit it to the Remembering Lincoln site.
Lesson Activity Four: Summary of Learning
Using ABC Summarize, students share what they learned from visiting the Archives and researching Abraham Lincoln. Read More »


  • Grade Level

    9 to 12

  • Timeframe

    2 to 3 classes (45 min/period)

  • Class Subject


  • Skills

    Research, Primary Sources, Interpreting

  • Teacher Information

    Krista McKim

    Montgomery County Public Schools, MarylandRockville High School, Rockville, Maryland



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