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Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 4

9-10:45am General Session
The Office of the First Lady
This panel discussion focuses on the unique role of the First Lady of the United States. Panelists will discuss the contributions, both individual and collectively, that our First Ladies made while living in the White House and how their legacies continue long after a presidential administration. Confirmed panelists include former social secretaries Bess Abell (Johnson), Capricia Penavic Marshall (Clinton), Ann Stock (Clinton), and Amy Zantzinger (George W. Bush).
Session Chair: Clinton Foundation

11am-12:30pm Breakout sessions

  1. Connecting the Nation to White House History
    On January 1, 2010, the White House Historical Association established the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House, a research and educational institute housed at a National Trust for Historic Preservation site. Currently, the center provides ongoing educational programs for students, teachers, scholars, and the general public on the history of the White House and the President’s Neighborhood. Among its future strategic plans, the development of a digital library will provide unparalleled opportunities for online research and distance learning. In this session, the speakers who hold diverse positions within the White House Historical Association will share their experiences with planning and creating a National Center for a national audience, including the lessons learned and challenges faced. Each panelist will address the offerings and goals of the National Center and incorporate ways in which it could be used as a resource for other sites.
    Session Chair: Courtney Speckmann, White House Historical Association
    Panelists: Leslie Jones and Katie Munn, White House Historical Association
  2. Hanging Out with the President: Using New Technologies in Presidential Education
    Presidential sites around the country are experimenting with new technologies for bringing educational resources to schools and educators. Discover how videoconferencing, Skype and Google Hangout are transforming the way that presidential sites and libraries are connecting to students and teachers around the world. What creative approaches are being used to make history come alive for audiences far away from the sites themselves? How can this technology to better link sites for planning and collaboration?
    Session Chair: Sharron Conrad, Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
    Panelists: Sarah Jencks, Director of Education at Ford’s Theatre;  Mark Adams, Education Specialist at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum; James Yasko, Director of Education and Interpretation at The Hermitage; James Werle, Director, National K20 Initiative for Internet2; Marlo Mallery Sexton, Volunteer and Office Coordinator at the Theodore Roosevelt Center

2-5pm Tour/Panel: Central High School
On September 25, 1957 Little Rock’s Central High School was the site of one of the most dramatic events of the Civil Rights Movement when nine African American students walked through an angry and hostile crowd to integrate the school. Significant to Presidential Sites and Libraries, members of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division protected the Little Rock 9 at the order of President Eisenhower, who had also federalized the Arkansas National Guard to prevent Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus from using the guard to prevent integration. Our visit will include tours of the National Historic Site and museum as well as a visit with current Central High students to examine change over time in Little Rock and at the school.

Reflections on The Little Rock Crisis
In this panel discussion, two members of the Little Rock Nine, Carlotta Walls-LaNier and Ernest Green, will share their memories of the Little Rock Crisis of 1957 and the ongoing work of the Little Rock Nine Foundation. Ernest Green was the first African American male to graduate from Central High School in 1958. Carlotta Walls-LaNier was the youngest Little Rock Nine member to integrate Central High School at age 14.
Session Chair: Clinton Foundation

5:15-6:15pm General Session
Keynote speaker: Hugh Howard – “The Archive of the Feet: The Role of Presidential Homes in Understanding American History”
Most historians employ words and images to revisit the past. For some of us, however, the research instrument of choice is the house; namely, the historic dwellings where people—in this case, presidents and their families—once lived. Archival documents, biographies, portraits, memoirs, photos, and other source materials add essential texture and detail. But I prefer to begin with a sense of place. A well-restored house of a certain age conveys much about its inhabitants, as well as their culture, rituals, and tastes. The concrete reality of walking into a period room full of personal artifacts offers an immersion that can be illuminating, surprising, and disorienting. At one level, the furniture may look uncomfortable, the lighting inadequate, the works of art quaint. But to inhabit a place, even as visitors, can deliver us back in time.

6:15-9pm Evening Event – Historic Arkansas Museum