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CMHEC has some exciting news about the future of our organization! Read about it in our recent News Release.



summer 2016 newsletter

The Summer 2016 Newsletter features a story about the achievements of this past season's students and teachers, as well as one last invitation to the Spark Awards Dinner on August 18th.



may 2016

The May 2016 Newsletter features stories about the History Fair Finalists Awards ceremony, the Illinois History Day, recognition of our outstanding teachers, and a save-the-date for this year's SPARK awards dinner.



witkowski chicago tribune article

History Fair was featured in the Chicago Tribune last week. Read about Ridgewood High School student Allison Witkowski and her NHD-bound performance entitled, "One More Beating Heart: The Story of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams."



april 2016 newsletter

The April 2016 Newsletter features stories about the conclusion of the 2016 History Fair season, a big thank you to all our volunteers and teachers, and ways to support the Chicago Metro History Fair.



march 2016 newsletter

The March 2016 Newsletter features stories about the recent competitions, our amazing History Fair teachers, and a generous grant from the McCormick Foundation.




february 2016

The February 2016 Newsletter features an invitation for volunteer to judge at the History Fair competitions, a thank you to all who attended and made the Blues, Brews, and BBQ fundraiser possible, and a call-out for 2016 Summer NEH applications.



january 2016 newsletter

The January 2016 Newsletter features stories about the History Fair Research Palooza at UIC, the upcoming Blues, Brews, and BBQ fundraising event, and this summer's NEH summer institute.




december newsletter 2015

Read CMHEC's December 2015 Newsletter to learn about our new Development Director, and next year's NEH summer institute.




powdermaker mural exhibit

Last year, Nettelhorst Elementary student Collin Powdermaker did his History Fair project on the "All of Mankind" mural.  This week, DNAinfo Chicago reported about the whitewashing of the Cabrini-Green mural and Collin's connection to the project. Read about the real-life conclusion of this historic space.


eva lewis wwii essay

To celebrate the grand opening of the National WWII Museum's Road To Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries, the LTJG Ralph E. Crump Merchant Marine Gallery, and the American Spirit Bridge, the museum partnered with National History Day (NHD) to bring middle and high school students to New Orleans to represent all 50 states and Washington, DC during the dedication ceremonies. As a participant in the ceremonies, Eva Lewis, a student at Payton College Prep High School, had the opportunity to study a veteran from Illinois whose oral history is contained within The National WWII Museum’s Digital Collections. She and her peers composed essays highlighting the veteran's outstanding courage during World War II. Scroll down to "Illinois" to read Eva's essay about Lester Tenney.

november 2015 newsletter

Read CMHEC's November 2015 Newsletter, featuring stories about this past summer's Black Chicago Renaissance seminar, next summer's NEH summer institute, and an introduction to two new CMHEC board members.



summer 2015 newsletter

Read CMHEC's Summer 2015 Newsletter, featuring stories about the SPARK Awards Dinner and recent teacher professional development programs.





Read about CMHEC's recent SPARK Awards Dinner in an article by Chicago Sun-Time's SPLASH!


june 2015 newsletter

Read the June CMHEC Newsletter, featuring stories about the Senior Finalists Awards Ceremony, State Expo awards, teacher awards, and the upcoming SPARK Awards Dinner.




may newsletter

Read the May CMHEC Newsletter, featuring highlights from the 2015 History Fair season!





march 2015

Read the March 2015 CMHEC Newsletter!





feb 2015 newsletter

Read the February 2015 CMHEC Newsletter!





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Adam Harris, host of "Score Values," interviewed CMHEC executive director Frank Valadez again, this time about the 2015 Chicago Metro History Fair season and recent fundraiser, Brews, Blues, and BBQ on WSCR AM670 “The Score” CBS Radio (air date February 18, 2015). Take a listen!



january 2015

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december 2014 newsletter

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Adam Harris, host of "Score Values," interviewed CMHEC executive director Frank Valadez about #GivingTuesday and History Fair on WSCR AM670 “The Score” CBS Radio (air date December 7, 2014). Take a listen!



john keilman article

Last week, Chicago Tribune reporter John Keilman asked the question: Do teens still care about World War II? Inquiring at four Chicago and suburban schools, he interviewed four teachers, all of whom actively participate in History Fair. Read the article to see what he discovered!




fall 2014 newsletterRead the latest CMHEC newsletter!





november newsletter

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summer 2014 newsletter

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kristen rigsby

This past June at National History Day, Kristen Rigsby won a gold metal in the Junior Individual Website category for her project, "Robert McCormick: Defining the Rights and Responsibilities of a Free Press." Kristen is more than just a young historian, however, she is also a budding journalist and a kid reporter with TIME for Kidsl! After returning from College Park, MD, Kristen wrote an article about her experience at NHD. Read about it here.


june 2014

Read the June CMHEC Newsletter.





trout article picture

From June 15-19th, the Chicago Metro History Education Center will be sending a delegation of Illinois students to the National History Day competition in College Park, MD. This year, Alex Goslin and Gianna Padula of St. Luke Parish School will be joining the group. On June 10th, wrote an article about the two students and their exhibit about Grace Wilbur Trout. Click here to read more.



may 2014

Read the May CMHEC Newsletter.






Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer, reporter for the Windy City Media Group, visited the History Fair Metro Finals on April 28th and wrote an article, "Students Delve into LGBTQ History at Fair Finals," for their online publication.




hernandez article

In this month's Chicago Teacher Union magazine, David Hernandez, a high school history teacher at Social Justice High School, writes about empowering student for the technologically-driven future. He focuses on the importance of inquiry-based research and highlights the History Fair projects his students are currently working on. The article can be found on pages 8-9.




march newsletterRead the March CMHEC Newsletter.





february 2014 newsletter

Read the February CMHEC Newsletter.





patti vasquez

On February 17, radio show host and comedienne Patti Vasquez sat down with CHMEC Executive Director Frank Valadez to talk about the Chicago Metro History Fair, the importance of history education, and the February 20th fundraising event at Howells and Hood. Listen to this segment from the Patti Vasquez show on WNG 720.





wbez morning shift

“That’s the wonderful thing about working in a collection like this, is to see history come alive for the kids, to see their eyes light up.”

Thanks to Beverly Cook, Assistant Curator of the Vivian G. Harsh Collection of Afro-American History and Literature at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library for all of her hard work in helping Chicago Metro History Fair students succeed! Check out her full interview, "Library Brings Black History to Light" on WBEZ's Morning Shift.



Read the December CMHEC Newsletter.





november newsletter

Read the November CMHEC Newsletter.





november newsletter

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bridget oleksy

This last History Fair season, Maine South High School junior Bridget Oleksy made a documentary about the 1963 Loyola University NCAA basketball championship and racial desegregation. Read this article from the Park Ridge Suntimes, "Maine South Student’s Documentary Explores the Sports Side of Civil Rights," about Oleksy's History Fair project and her achievements at National History Day.



hyde park picture

Read the Hyde Park Herald's article, "Historic Wins: Students Lauded for Histories of Hyde Park," recognizing four student projects that centered on the history of Hyde Park.




turner trice

Read Dawn Turner Trice's Chicago Tribune article, "Chicago Students Excel at National History Day Competition".




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Listen to WBEZ's Afternoon Shift as Rick Kogan interviews Frank Valadez, executive director of the Chicago Metro History Education Center, about CMHEC's on-going programs and the up-coming 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner.




chicago academy high school students

Read Dawn Turner Trice's Chicago Tribune story about the Chicago History Fair and two students from Chicago Academy High School who are preparing a performance about Idlewild, an oasis for African Americans in the 1940's, for this year's competition.





In June, Megan Seibert qualified to participate in the National History Day competition. This made her eligible to enter the National World War II Museum's "Salute to Freedom" essay contest. Read about her winning essays and the opportunity she has to represent the state of Illinois at the grand opening of the museum's U.S. Freedom Pavillion this January.

Check out this video from the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the National World War II Museum's new U.S. Freedom Pavillion: The Boeing Center. Megan Seibert was chosen to represent the state of Illinois at the grand opening, and is featured in this video.


Josh Bill

On December 4, 2012, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented Waukegan High School teacher, Joshua Bill, with the 2012 National History Teacher of the Year Award. This week the Chicago Tribune wrote an article, "Waukegan Teacher Breathes New Life Info History Lessons", about Mr. Bill's achievement and the success he has had teaching history in Waukegan, IL. Click here to read about the award and watch a video posted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute.



katie lyons

This year, Katie Lyons, a teacher at National Teachers Academy won the 2012 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, an annual award for the nation’s best teachers in high-poverty public schools. Ms. Lyons was one of five teachers to win the award. Click here to read her paper entitled “You Are Here: Inspiring Curiosity by Making Content Personal”, a reflection on how she implements History Fair in her classroom. The Fishman Prize is sponsored by TNTP, a national nonprofit committed to ending the injustice of educational inequality. Click here to learn more about the organization.


edwards and tovar

This last school year, Edwards Elementary teacher Dolly Tovar led two student projects to complete in the National History Day contest in College Park, Maryland. Read this article from the Chicago Public Schools Spotlight.



wbezListen to "The Black Chicago Renaissance's Stamp on American History", a WBEZ story in which Erik Gellman, Lionel Kimble, Davarian Baldwin and Heather Ireland Robinson speak about their work with the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Landmarks of American History and Culture program, Renaissance in Black Metropolis: Chicago, 1930-1950", which took place here in Chicago this last month.

Listen to History Fair students Chakena Sims and Nathaniel Scholl, along with CMHEC executive director Frank Valadez, discuss History Fair with Rick Kogan on WGN's radio show, "The Sunday Papers" (May 20, 2012).

Read about Waukegan high school teacher Joshua Bill, winner of the 2012 Olive Foster Outstanding Teacher Award from the Illinois State Historical Society, and his work with history students at Waukegan High School (Lake County News-Sun, May 18, 2012).



Nia Parker from Woodson Middle School

Read about Nia's journey to NHD in an article by the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute "Carter G. Woodson Campus 7th Grader Studies History, Makes History".




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