Guest Author - Kim Lynch
The third Monday in February is Presidentís Day, an official government holiday in honor of George Washington. The holiday falls between Lincolnís and Washingtonís birthdays and over the years it has evolved into a holiday honoring the memory of both Presidents.
For many people it is a day to remember all past presidents and their contributions to the United States. Regardless of how you plan to spend the holiday, the following sites will help you and your children learn more about our past Presidents.
George Washington Born February 22, 1732
George Washington Biography from the White House Site
George Washington Biography from Colonial Williamsburg Site
Martha Washington Biography from colonial Williamsburg Site
George Washingtonís Papers at the Library of Congress 1741-1799
George Washington Birth Place
The Washington Monument
The Papers of George Washington
Abraham Lincoln, Born February 12, 1809
Abraham Lincoln White House Biography
Abraham Lincoln Online
Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
Abraham Lincoln Research Site
The Presidentís Day Resource Page provides information about Presidentís day and links to detailed information about both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Want to know more about U.S. Presidents, then what better source than The White House Presidentís Page. Learn about what happened today in Presidential History, view Presidential Photos or take a virtual tour of the Oval Office. Biographies of the First Ladies are also included.
Learn more about past Presidents and their administration by visiting a Presidential Library. There are currently eleven Presidential libraries located across the U.S. The National Archives maintains links to the library sites and information about hours, locations and exhibits.
Past Presidents get their own Library, so why not a museum dedicated to Presidential Pets. You may be familiar with the Presidentís Scottish Terrier Barney and President Clintonís Cat Socks, but over the years there have been many other pets at the White House. If you want to learn about Pauline, the last White House Cow, FDRís little dog Fala or LincolnĎs dog Fido then visit the Presidential Pet Museum web site.
You may have read about past Presidents and First Ladies, but you may not be able to put a face with a name. If you're wondering what President Benjamin Harrison or First Lady Julia Grant look like, the Portrats of the Presidents and First Ladies web page provides photos or portraits of past and present First Families.
The American Presidency website offers many resources and activities designed to teach children about the roles and responsibilities of the President. Included are detailed lesson plans in pdf format for grades 4 through 12.
Gain insight into the politics and history of the past by reading the Inaugural Addresses of past Presidents. From George Washington to Barack Obama read the words of history as spoken by our Presidents.