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Help Teachers and Students Make History: Volunteer with the Chicago Metro History Fair


The Chicago Metro History Fair seeks volunteers to help with its annual program that encourages students in grades six through twelve to become historians and complete in-depth research projects on topics related to Chicago history. Participating students conduct research in libraries, archives, and museums, as well as on the internet, and produce mini-museum exhibits, performances, documentaries, websites, and research papers about their discoveries. In doing their projects, students make history come alive for themselves and their audiences.

There are many ways to support History Fair—and have a rewarding time while doing so! We invite you to join us by contributing your time to:

  • judge student projects
  • do support work during History Fair events on weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays from February through April (to register for judging at History Fair events, visit our page for judges;
  • coach student research at the Harold Washington Library Center or UIC Library and Special Collections on selected weekends December through March;
  • coach student work on thesis development, research, and project development in classrooms on weekdays (special pre-conditions apply); or
  • do general office work (weekdays only).

Fill out the CMHF Volunteer Form online or download the form below and return it to us via mail or email:

Questions? Contact us at historyfair@chicagohistory.org.

CMHF is a program of the Chicago History Museum, and is supported by the Chicago Public Library, the Illinois Humanities Council, the Newberry Library, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.


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