Over the past decade, the University Library has partnered with the Chicago Metro History Fair to cultivate area students’ interest in the subject, teach critical thinking skills and illuminate the present by uncovering the past.
Each year, students from the Chicago area visit the Richard J. Daley Library for a “Research Palooza” event, during which they learn to efficiently and thoroughly search for information using the library’s online resources. They also receive valuable individualized coaching from librarians on their projects, including how to incorporate primary resources into their research.
The University Library sponsors one of the awards presented at the annual History Fair ceremony. This year, Emily McNaughton of the Regina Dominican High School earned the Richard J. Daley Leadership in the Public Sphere Award (a monetary award of $300) for her project, “Mary Bartelme: The Woman Who Changed the Lives of Young Girls.” She completed her research on the first woman judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County assigned to the Juvenile Court in 1923 using UIC’s Midwest Women’s Historical Collection.
Congratulations to Emily McNaughton and all of the students who participated in this year’s Chicago Metro History Fair!
The Richard J. Daley Leadership in the Public Sphere Award is generously funded by the Richard J. Daley Collection Committee.