February 16, 2008
Illinois Periodicals Online a Great Teaching and Learning Tool of Chicago History
Illinois Periodicals Online is a large digital imaging project of the Northern Illinois University Libraries, DeKalb, Illinois. Subjects covered include the arts, recreation, politics, commerce, biography, civics, genealogy, education, history, environment, science and other topics. The Web site is targeted to an audience of general readers, but teachers take note. This site is an important teaching tool.
For example, here is the Contents page of a 2003 issue of Illinois History Teacher:
Introduction ....... 1
Virginia R. Boynton, Guest Editor
Sauk and Mesquakie Women in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Northern Illinois ........... 2-10
African-American Women's Clubs in Chicago, 1890 to 1920................11-23
Anne Meis Knupfer
Elizabeth H. Miller
Female Office Workers in Chicago..............24-56
Lisa M. Fine
Delores F. Rauscher
Mexicanas in Chicago ...............57-71
Gabriela F. Arredondo
Rita Arias Jirasek
A suggested curriculum for teaching the main points of each article is included. (Home School teachers take note.)
To date, the IPO project has reached agreement with ten journals; Illinois Country Living, Illinois Heritage, Illinois History: A Magazine for Young People, Illinois History Teacher, Illinois Issues, Illinois Libraries, Illinois Municipal Review, Illinois Parks & Recreation, and Outdoor Illinois.
Final Note: Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Northern Illinois University at this time of terrible tragedy.