The Ashbrook Centered administered the Presidential Academies during the summers of 2006-2011 through a grant from the US Department of Education.
The Presidential Academy led teachers in a careful study of three turning points in American history: The American Revolution, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement. Our study was framed by the three famous documents that memorialize these American epochs: the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and the “I Have a Dream” speech. Each summer a total of sixty participants, from all 50 states and Washington DC, spent five days in Philadelphia, six days in Gettysburg, and six days in Washington, DC.
The professors who conducted the Academy are among the finest scholars of American history and government from across the country. They included a Pulitzer Prize winning author and many recipients of teaching awards at their respective colleges and universities.