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        Analyzing Primary Sources to Learn about the Past | Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

        In this series of three mini-lessons, students will participate in a virtual visit to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum where they’ll have the chance to analyze a variety of primary sources to learn about the character and leadership of President Gerald R. Ford, as well as the era in which he served.

        Part 1: Studying a Personal Letter

        Come along as a staff member from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation welcomes viewers to the Museum and introduces the concept of using personal letters as a primary source.

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        Part 1: Letter to the President

        Primary source: a letter written to President Gerald R. Ford in 1975 from fourth grade student Becky Biehl of Illinois.

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        Analyze This! Part 1: Letters

        It's your turn! Analyze a primary source letter that was sent to President Ford from a student.

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        Part 2: Studying a Video

        Our virtual museum visit continues as we learn about the 1976 Presidential Campaign and a campaign commercial is introduced as a primary source.

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        Part 2: 1976 Campaign Commercial

        A campaign commercial from the 1976 presidential campaign of Gerald R. Ford.

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        Analyze This! Part 2: Commercials

        It's your turn! Analyze a presidential campaign commercial from 1976!

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        Part 3: Studying an Artifact

        A brief history of Gerald R. Ford's service in the United States Navy is given while we explore the Museum exhibits to see what can be learned by analyzing a World War II artifact.

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        Part 3: WWII Artifact: Sextant

        WWII sextant that was used by Gerald R. Ford during his service in the United States Navy.

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        Analyze This! Part 3: Artifacts

        It's your turn! Analyze a WWII artifact that Gerald R. Ford used during his service in the United States Navy.

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