WIU History Community Outreach
Western's History Department, with 15 award-winning faculty members dedicated to enhancing the public's understanding of and appreciation for history, is active in several community outreach and public service programs, with a particular focus on enriching the teaching of history in the region's secondary schools. WIU's History Department provides professional development opportunities for history teachers through our Annual History Conference and a variety of other outreach activities throughout the year. See the Community Outreach News for the latest news about the WIU History Department's activities!
Annual WIU History Conference
The 39th Annual WIU History Conference will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2014. Further information will be available here soon.
WIU History Conference participants
Dr. Peter Cole speaks to teachers at a "TAH" Grant workshop
Through a long-standing partnership with the Hancock-McDonough Regional Office of Education (ROE 26), WIU's History Department participated in a series of three U.S. Department of Education "Teaching American History" (TAH) grants to enhance the teaching of U.S. history in the secondary schools in a twenty-one-county region surrounding Macomb. Teachers developed teaching strategies and resources that are then provided free to all secondary schools and Regional Offices of Education in the twenty-one county region.
The Department's TAH grant involved a series of summer travel-study trips for approximately thirty history teachers in the region, led by WIU faculty members, combined with semi-annual on-campus workshops led by WIU History faculty members, to prepare teachers for the summer trips and provide opportunities for additional teachers to enhance their understanding of the nation's history. Approximately seventy teachers from the twenty-one-county region attended each of these workshops. The teachers who travelled each summer were selected from those attending the on-campus workshops during the previous year.
In the first year of the grant, after on-campus workshops featuring presentations by Drs. Balsamo, Key, Cole, and Ed Woell, a group of twenty-seven of the history teachers who attended both workshops traveled in Summer 2009 to Memphis, New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta, and Vicksburg with Drs. Key and Balsamo. The themes of this trip were slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, southern culture, and Civil Rights. In the grant's second year, after on-campus workshops featuring presentations by Professors Virginia Jelatis, Richard Filipink, Peter Cole, and Walter Kretchik, the grant took teachers to Boston, Massachusetts and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in Summer 2010, under the leadership of Drs. Jelatis and Balsamo, to explore America's colonial and Revolutionary roots. In the third year of the grant, following on-campus workshops featuring presentations by Professors Timothy Roberts, Peter Cole, Barclay Key, and Richard Filipink, the grant took teachers to Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia and Montgovery and Birmingham, Alabama, in Summer 2011, under the leadership of Dr. Key and Dr. Larry Balsamo. The trip focused on historic Civil Rights and Civil War sites.
Teachers participating in each of these trips prepared a DVD containing a variety of teaching strategies and resources, including unit and lesson plans, based on their visits to museums and historic sites. A copy of each year's DVD was given free to every school in the twenty-one county region, for possible use in their history classrooms.
Dr. Timothy Roberts Speaks at Opening of NEH Lincoln Exhibit at WIU
- Dr. Woell's "la bonne idee" History Blog
- Kady Fairfield Wins 2012 Pasquini Award
- Annual History Conference on 24 March 2012
- Dr. McNabb Offers Non-Credit Program on Wives of Henry VIII
- Dr. Roberts Leads NEH Civil War Discussion Series at Malpass Library
- Dr. Key Leads Area History Teachers on "Teaching "American History" Summer Study Trip Through South
- National Lincoln Exhibit and Speakers Visit WIU in Fall 2010
- History Grad Student Serves as Intern at Western Illinois Museum
- Brian Kennedy Given Pasquini Award at Annual History Conference
- 35th Annual WIU History Conference in Spring 2010
- Singer-Songwriter Bucky Halker Comes to WIU History Department
- Drs. Key & Balsamo Lead Region's Teachers through the South in July 2009
- Traveling NEH Lincoln Exhibit to Visit WIU in 2010
- Illinois Community College Teacher Chosen as History's Distinguished Alumnus for 2009
- Galesburg History Teacher Roy Gully Honored with 2009 Pasquini Award
- 2009 History Conference Supports Region's Teachers
- Social Studies Teacher Roy Gully Wins WIU's Pasquini Award for 2009
- National Archives' "Primarily Teaching" Workshops for Teachers this Summer
- Western Hosts Spring Workshop for Region's History Teachers
- Five WIU History Faculty Present at Naperville Teachers' Institute
- Free Lincoln Workshop for Teachers in Summer 2009 at SIU-Edwardsville
- Western Hosts Fall Workshop for Area History Teachers
- Western Hosts Traveling Exhibit on 1908 Springfield Race Riot
- Drs. Filipink & Balsamo Lead Area Teachers to New York City in Summer 08
- WIU History Department Partners with Local Educators on Third Federal Grant
- ROWVA HS History Teacher Ben Rees Honored with 2008 Pasquini Award
- 2008 WIU History Conference Reaches Regional Teachers
- Prof. Balsamo Honored at Annual History Conference
- Matt Miller, WIU History Alum, Honored at History Conference