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CHECK OUT THE HISTORY FAIR TOPICS SUGGESTION LIST FOR EXPLORATION, ENCOUNTER, & EXCHANGE IN CHICAGO HISTORY!

History Fair now offers you topics – some of them are specific, some of them of broad – but in all cases,  we give you only a title and leave it to you to do the work to find out what it is about and what kind of argument you want to make regarding its rights and responsibilities. Often you will have to dig deep to find a good and important story.  Treat most topics as ideas to inspire your own interests.

2016 TOPICS IDEAS (Coming Soon!)

Power, Authority, and Governance, Reform and Social Justice

Interest in this area involves the way that government functions, how politicians lead, laws made and impact, and how citizens participate in government.

Economy

Interest in this area involves studying labor,  trade, business, advertising, consumerism

Scientific, Medical, and Technological Innovation

Women, Gender and Family History

Interest in this area involves studying the historical experiences of men or women, boys and girls, transgendered person. LGBT could issues also fall into this category.  What made their experiences significant? How did individuals and society define what it mean to be a man or woman at various times in our history--be it popular culture, work, sports, etc....  How and why did family life change over time in and particular contexts?

Arts, Architecture, Design, and Cultural History

Art, theater, architecture, and various methods of creative expression, and how they can both reflect and shape society, fall into this category.

Environmental and Geographical History

How did the land shape the lives of people, industry, and the built environment--and how did they shape the land to what consequences? How did concerns about the environment or lack of concern cause people to act in history?

Sports and Recreation

The daily experiences of people can often be defined by the ways that they pursue recreational opportunities. Free time and interests help to define life for individuals and or groups be it: professional, amateur, or commercial/marketing/business.

Civil Rights

The history of race relations and the fight for civil rights in a dominant theme and story in US History. Civil rights issues can involve African-Americans, Latino/as, women, or people from other "minority" groups fighting for equality.


(   ) means that there are archived papers and records of individuals and groups at the institution

AIC-BR=Art Institute of Chicago, Burnham-Ryerson Library

CHM=Chicago History Museum Research Center

Harsh=Harsh Collection at the Woodson Regional Library (CPL)

NARA=National Archives and Records Administration, Chicago Branch

UIC=Special Collections Library in the Daley Library at University of Illinois at Chicago

WLA=Women and Leadership Archives at Loyola University, Lake Shore Campus

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