HM - February 2019 - Illinois Council

State Council Spotlight: 


The Illinois Council for History Education
by Dean Pinos, State Council Coordinator


The Illinois Council for History Education (ILCHE) welcomed four new members to our Board of Directors: Lendol Calder (Augustana College), Christy Gerst (University of Chicago Laboratory School), Courtney Joseph (Lake Forest College) and Elizabeth Lupfer (Glenbrook South High School). We currently have 13 members of our Board including teachers, historians, and curriculum specialists.

Recent Council Events

Our 2018 conference “The Illinois Bicentennial: Our History, Our Future” celebrated the 200th anniversary of the state and featured breakout sessions on a variety of topics connected to Illinois history. Among the presenters, John Gieger of DePaul University examined the role of railroads in the development of Chicago, Lee Eysturlid from the Illinois Math and Science Academy discussed the infamous Lager Beer Riots, and Howard Kaplan and Tiffany Middleton of the American Bar Association discussed the Supreme Court case Bradwell v. Illinois. Our panel discussion, Illinois in a Global Context, examined the role of the state in international affairs from the time of the French and Indian wars until today.

ILCHE 2019 conference

In October, the ILCHE hosted a bus tour of Chicago’s Union Stockyards area led by renowned historian Dominic Pacyga. Dr. Pacyga, himself a former worker in the yards, deftly guided 30 participants through a variety of south-side neighborhoods stopping at churches, parks, and the former home of Mayor Richard J. Daley.  Participants discussed the remarkable efficiency of the slaughterhouses and the people who made them work. The tour enhanced understanding of immigration patterns, the labor movement, the origins of ethnic gangs, and the subtle dividing lines between neighborhoods.

ILCHE Teachers tour Chicago Stockyards

Plans for 2019

In 2019, in addition to our annual conference, we plan to offer a tour of the new Pullman National Monument in Chicago. In conjunction with the National Park Service and the Pullman Historical Society, teachers will travel back in time to George Pullman’s planned community and his railroad complex. The tour includes stops at the home of the Pullman plant manager, the Greenstone Church, the Hotel Florence, and the factory itself. In February, ILCHE Board members will also travel to Illinois State University to speak with pre-service teachers about navigating the teaching job market and to offer their guidance regarding trends in the profession.
State Councils are a wonderful way to become involved with NCHE and your local history community. Check out what your state council has to offer! If your state does not have a council, consider starting one!  If you have questions about state councils, please contact:  Dean Pinos, State Council Coordinator
 Dean Pinos teaches World History at New Trier High School in suburban Chicago.

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About NCHE

The National Council for History Education provides professional and intellectual leadership to foster an engaged community committed to the teaching, learning, and appreciation of diverse histories.