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. These programs are 45 minutes to one hour in length, and are limited to 50 students per program. 


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 museum 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.

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 preparation for the program, students create a poster that communicates a change they would like to see happen in their own community.

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.


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. 


Virtual Programs for High School Groups

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

Please note: availability for high school programs will begin on November 1, 2020.

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.

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).

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.

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.