Virtual School Programs


On weekdays during the school year, the Library's Department of Education and Public Programs offers a variety of structured programs for elementary, middle, and high school classes in a virtual setting free of charge. These programs are 45 minutes to one hour in length, and are limited to 50 students per program. Programs require a minimum of 15 students.

Virtual Programs for Elementary School Groups

To explore booking an elementary school virtual program, please fill out a reservation interest form.

John F. Kennedy: Family, Courage, and Service

Duration: 1 hour  |  Grades 3 - 5

This interactive, biography-based program introduces elementary students to the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy using archival material from the collections of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. In a follow-up activity, students consider the quote “Ask not what your country can do for you…” and create an illustration that shows how they are helping their family, neighborhood, school, or community. (This program is provided free of charge.)

Civil Rights, Civic Action

Duration: 1 hour  |  Grades 3 - 5

This program helps students make connections between the organized nonviolent actions of the civil rights movement and civic action for justice today. By examining photographs of less well-known civil rights activists and learning how they used the tools of democracy to fight for justice and equality, students discover what led President Kennedy to deliver his Televised Address on Civil Rights. In a final activity, students reflect on a local, national, or international issue of concern and identify a civic action they can take to help address it. (This program is provided free of charge.)

Presidential Campaigns and Elections

Duration: 1 hour  |  Grades 4 - 5

From launching a campaign to taking the oath of office, students learn about the process of running for the office of presidency of the United States. They use visual information including current photographs and archival film footage to examine the electoral process and discuss what voters need to consider when selecting a candidate. Following the program, students can follow JFK’s journey to the White House by using information gleaned from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum website and an Election 1960 game board. (This program is provided free of charge.)

Virtual Programs for Middle School Groups

To explore booking a middle school virtual program, please fill out a reservation interest form.

Leadership for the 60s

Duration: 1 hour | Grades 6 - 8

What makes a president an effective leader? This interactive program invites students to explore the challenges John F. Kennedy faced as the nation's leader during a tumultuous time in United States history. Through an analysis of objects, photographs, and documents from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum students, will consider how the thirty-fifth president tackled complex issues such as civil rights, Space exploration, and Cold War tensions. (This program is provided free of charge.)

"The Most Powerful and Precious Right": Ensuring the Right to Vote Past and Present 

Duration: 1 hour | Grades 6 - 8

This program introduces students to the importance of voting and the struggle for voting rights, past and present. Students examine primary source material -- documents, photographs, and video -- to learn about racial discrimination in voting during the Kennedy years and strategies that public officials, activists, and everyday citizens used to address it. The program also explores voting rights today and actions students can take to protect this “most powerful and precious right” for everyone. (This program is provided free of charge.)

Virtual Programs for High School Groups

To explore booking a high school virtual program, please fill out a reservation interest form. 

Approaching a DBQ: A Workshop for APUSH Students

Duration: 1 hour  |  Grades: 10-12

Students learn tactics for answering a document-based question similar to those on the AP U.S. History exam using documents from the Kennedy Library archives. Though emphasis is placed on developing strategies for document analysis, we also provide students with an introduction to the content they will need to answer the question. (This program is provided free of charge.)

Civil Rights Confrontations: 1960-1963

Duration: 45 minutes - 1 hour  |  Grades 9 - 12

Appropriate for students in both US history and government classes, this virtual program examines two major events in the civil rights movement of the early 1960s, focusing on the Freedom Rides (1961) and the integration of the University of Mississippi (1962). (This program is provided free of charge.)

The Cold War Heats Up

Duration: 45 minutes - 1 hour  |  Grades 9 - 12

How did the Cold War impact the politics and people of the early 1960s? This program focuses on confrontations between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. over Berlin and Cuba. (This program is provided free of charge.)

But Where are the Books?: Exploring a Library that is not a Library

Duration: 45 minutes - 1 hour  |  Grades 9 - 12

Why do archives matter? If you were creating a museum about Kennedy and his administration, what would you put in it? What kind of work is done at an archive and a museum? In this virtual program, students consider how history is constructed as they learn about the holdings and work of the Kennedy Library. (This program is provided free of charge.)