Education has been a major part of The HistoryMakers since its inception. The HistoryMakers has conducted institutes, held public programs, created curriculums and produced documentaries all in the name of education. Please read below to learn more about The HistoryMakers education initiatives.

Application Instructions and Eligibility

The Application Process

We anticipate an exciting mix of NEH Summer Scholars and we welcome a wide variety of interests and qualifications. We encourage social studies, history and civics teachers who wish to enrich their curricula using oral history interviews and techniques, enhance their understanding of contemporary events, and rethink their understanding of African American and American history. We are also looking for leaders and those who want an intensive, immersive experience. We want teachers who will go back and “model” for other teachers the ideas, approaches and skills they have acquired in this four-week Institute and wish to hear how you propose to do so.

The application process has two parts. First you must register with NEH on their website that you intend to apply for our Institute. The web address is:

You will provide NEH with basic information and finalize your online information by following their directions. Print out this document (a “cover sheet” which also says “Confirmation” on it). Next, you will send the completed hard copy application to the address indicated below.

Completed applications (in triplicate) must be postmarked no later than Thursday, March 1, 2012 and should be addressed as follows:

Y'hoshua Murray
The HistoryMakers
1900 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616

Each application will include:
1. An essay no longer than four double-spaced pages outlining the following:
a. Any personal or academic information that you deem relevant
b. Your reasons for applying to the Institute and the support of your institution with your application
c. Your specific personal and intellectual interest in African American political history and your plans for using this subject matter in your classroom
d. Your qualifications to do the work of the Institute and make a contribution to the classroom;
e. What you hope to accomplish by your participation in the Institute
f. The relationship between the topic of this Institute and your own teaching and how you plan to serve as a master teacher
g. Your interest in learning how to do oral history and using it in your classroom.  
2. A resume detailing your educational qualifications and professional experience
3. Two letters of recommendation
4. An application cover sheet which can be filled out online at this address:

For more information on eligibility see:

If you have additional questions about the scope or format of the Institute, please contact Y'hoshua Murray at ym@thehistorymakers or (312) 674-1900. We look forward to hearing from you and greeting you on July 8, 2012 for an exciting intellectual adventure.

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