Students walk the paths of the University Commons with the Library in the background and two trees in the foreground

Friday, February 16, 2018

Librarians from Northeastern Illinois University’s Ronald Williams Library will welcome students from area high schools for a daylong "Research-Palooza” in partnership with the Chicago Metro History Fair on Feb. 19.

From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., librarians will offer research workshops and one-on-one guidance for more than 50 Chicago-area junior high and high school students as they work to develop their projects, papers and websites.

“This year’s event will draw upon the expertise of Ronald Williams Library faculty, who help History Fair contestants to use Northeastern’s digital and print resources for their projects,” Librarian for History, Political Science and Justice Studies Edward Remus said.

Associate Professors of History Francesca Morgan and Josh Salzmann, and documentary composition expert and Communication, Media and Theatre Professor Cyndi Moran also will participate.

The library has partnered with the Studs Terkel audio archive at WTTW/WFTMT, whose archivist will talk to History Fair contestants about how to integrate audio clips from their archive into audiovisual history fair projects.

The Chicago Metro History Fair is a project-based inquiry program that challenges students to become historians by actually doing history. Guided by their teachers, students in grades six through 12 choose their own topics connected to Chicago or Illinois history, and then conduct research, analyze sources, make an argument, and finally produce a project to show their work. This rigorous and rewarding program prepares youth for high school and college expectations as well as civic engagement.

Registration for students is encouraged but not required for this free event.