Department of History

During the summer of 2008, Lauren Jaeger ’09 interned at the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC.

Lauren Jaeger '09

Lauren outside of the National Archives.

Lauren's main assignment at the Center involved writing essays and sidebars for the Center’s latest educational publication Congress and the Shaping of American History. In order to complete her writing assignments for the textbook’s unit on Andrew Jackson and the Bank of the United States, Lauren researched extensively within the National Archives and at the Library of Congress.

Lauren reading a bound volume of
executive documents from the Civil War.

Throughout the summer she also had the opportunity to give tours of the Archives, learn about archiving and process records requests, and to work on Capitol Hill, assisting with the House Fellowship Program. The House Fellowship program brings high school teachers from across the country to Washington, DC for a week and the Center for Legislative Archives works cooperatively with the House Historians Office to hold workshops to demonstrate how to teach with documents.

Lauren left the National Archives with a greater sense of the importance of primary documents and government records and a deeper appreciation of American history.