About our Programs

Students in Great Room

In this section you can explore the vast array of programs and events the Coolidge Foundation hosts and learn more about how you can get involved.

As the official foundation dedicated to preserving the the legacy of America’s thirtieth president, the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation sponsors a wide array of programs and events to increase knowledge of Calvin Coolidge and the values he championed.

In partnership with the State of Vermont’s Division for Historic Preservation, which runs the grounds on the historic site and hosts world-class museum exhibits, we have created a wonderful heritage destination that exists to educate visitors about the Coolidge story. The Foundation also operates a major debate program that brings hundreds of high school students to Plymouth Notch each summer to learn about Calvin Coolidge and debate topics related to presidential decision making.

Our debate partner is the famous Debate Institutes at Dartmouth, which in turn brings students to New England from across the country. On July 4 each year, we host a reading of the president’s autobiography. Can’t be at the Notch but want a glimpse? Check out the weather on the Hill from our minicam.

Our educational programs also seek to introduce Calvin Coolidge into the history, government, and civics curricula of grade school and high school students. In this spirit, our Education Director Diane Kemble leads history exploration visits year-round for school groups, home school groups, clubs, organizations, and families.

The Coolidge Foundation also hosts lectures and symposiums across the United States on Calvin Coolidge, his life and times, and policy issues related to the priorities he championed while in the White House.

In 2013 the Foundation also launched two new writing prizes. The Coolidge Prize for Journalism, a $20,000 prize for writing in the spirit of President Coolidge, and the Calvin Prize for Vermont Youth, given annually to a Vermont student for writing that exemplifies President Coolidge and his values.