Teacher's Guide to a School Historical Field Trip

Great Presidential Inauguration Websites

Compiled by Mary Brigid Barrett

President-Elect Barack Obama

United States of America Presidential Inauguration 2009!

2009 Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies

This site contains official Congressional information concerning President-Elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration.

Official Office of the President-Elect Barack Obama Website

This site has up-to-date news concerning the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

Great Historic Presidential Inauguration Websites

"I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations

This outstanding site is the Library of Congress’ online collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files relating to inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to George W. Bush's inauguration of 2001. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.

A Brief History of Presidential Inaugurations

The White House Historical Society’s excellent site has information about the ceremonies and social galas related to presidential inaugurations.

Presidential Inaugurations: The Capitol Connection

U.S. Capitol Historical Society provides information about the Capitol unique role in presidential inaugurations throughout history.

Smithsonian Presidential Inaugural Photographs

The Smithsonian Photographic Services online photo portfolios of Presidential Inaugurals include historic photos as well as photos from the more recent inaugurations of Presidents Reagan and Clinton.

First Lady Inaugural Fashions

This PBS website offers several views of former First Ladies’ Inaugural gowns.

Presidential Inaugural Speech Websites

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School

Inaugural Addresses of presidents from Washington to Bush.

The American Presidency Project

Contains inaugural address texts and audio and video tapes of a number of inaugural addresses.

Teacher Resources: Online Information, Lesson Plans and Student Activity Ideas

The National Endowment for the Humanities Edsitement Website

Information, activities, and discussion questions related to the presidential inauguration and the presidency. Excellent site for educators!

The Library of Congress: The Learning Page

Teacher resources for the LOC’s "I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations Web pages.


Inaugural lesson plan and activities.

Presidential Inauguration Quizzes

The National Archive

Try out the presidential inaugural quiz and see how you do!

The Truman Library Test your knowledge about past Presidential inaugurations in this activity.

For information on individual presidents’ inaugurations, investigate the presidential library listings on the
Our White House Field Trip Guide! Presidential Birthplaces, House, and Libraries page.