NEH Summer Seminar for Teachers: The Frontier Experience in the American Midwest: Greater Illinois t (NEH Seminar)

Venue: Illinois College

Location: jacksonville, Illinois, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 28, 2009 End Date/Time: Aug 01, 2009
Registration Date: Mar 02, 2009
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Teachers invited to apply for NEH summer 2009 fellowships

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Illinois College in Jacksonville a grant of over $98,000 to host a five-week Summer Seminar for school teachers during the summer of 2009. The Seminar is designated as a “We the People” project of the NEH and encourages and strengthens the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture. It will include field trips to several southwestern Illinois state-operated historic sites.

The title of the NEH Seminar is “The Frontier Experience in the American Midwest: Greater Illinois to 1860,” and it will run from June 28 to August 1.

These NEH Summer Seminars are designed for full-time teachers including home-schooling parents, but other K-12 school personnel, such as librarians and administrators, may also be eligible to apply, depending on the specific seminar or institute. Substitute teachers or part-time personnel are not eligible. Applications from teachers in public, private and religiously affiliated schools receive equal consideration. Fifteen applicants will be selected through a competitive application process.

The seminar will include readings, discussions, videos, guest lectures, presentations by participants and several off-campus trips. The off-campus trips include travel to the “French Country” of southwestern Illinois, including Cahokia Mounds, Fort de Chartres, Fort Kaskaskia, Pierre Menard Home, Cahokia Courthouse and Lewis and Clark State Historic Sites. Also included are sites in St. Louis, New Philadelphia, and in and around Springfield and Jacksonville. Participants will also attend sessions of the annual conference of the Society of Historians for the Early American Republic (SHEAR) which will be held in mid-July in Springfield.

Illinois College Professor James Davis will direct the Seminar. Participants will be housed on campus, receive a stipend of $3,800 for their participation in the Seminar, and may receive Continuing Professional Development Units credit from their local school districts for this participation.

The Seminar will be patterned after a highly successful 2003 Seminar directed by Professor Davis, author of Frontier Illinois and Dreams to Dust. Professor Davis received an NEH Summer Research Stipend in 1985 to research Dreams to Dust and received NEH grants to study Russian art, architecture and history for six weeks in Russia during the summers of 1992 and 1994.

For more information about the upcoming Summer Seminar, please contact the National Endowment for the Humanities at Applications must be postmarked by March 2


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