Spartan Historians Hit the Road!

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This is Michael. He was so locked into his research he didn’t notice me walk into the Special Collections room and take a seat next to him. Michael spent 3 hours pouring through boxes.

61 Student Historians. 4 Museums. 3 Buses. 2 Road trips in the books.

file_003These trips are tremendous opportunities for students to get their hands on primary sources, dig into special collections, get feedback from expert coaches, and do academic work at incredible academic locations. For many of our students, this is a highlight of History fair. Process over product… enjoying the work is as important as the product which comes from their effort. Getting to spend five hours in a university or metropolitan library is an excellent precursor to the hours they’ll spend preparing for work in whatever they’ll do as our next generation of citizens. Glad they had fun doing hard work!

In addition to our 61 students who traveled downtown with us, dozens of other students have visited museums and libraries this winter. I’m especially grateful for strong parent support to make these trips happen, too. Rachel, Rebecca, Frank and Lisa run a great program through the Chicago History Fair and organize these Coach-a-Paloozas efficiently. Most importantly, the patient archivists and librarians of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Chicago History Museum, UIC Daley Library, and the Harold Washington Library allowed our students to experience century old documents in a way Chromebooks cannot.

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