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Landmarks of American History and Culture:
Workshops for School Teachers

The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation
July 6 – 12 or July 20 – 26 , 2014

Official for 2012

Dear Colleague,

Greetings from Chicago! Join us this summer at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for School Teachers, The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation.

The skyscraper, more than any other building type, gives American cities their distinctive character. During this week-long workshop, we invite you to investigate the American skyscraper as a physical and cultural construct. By examining the significance of the skyscraper in Chicago, the workshop will engage you in exploring how to use primary source buildings in your teaching. We'll address the questions: How did the rise of the skyscraper stimulate and reflect change in American life? What does this development indicate about the future of countries that are still building large numbers of tall buildings?

We've assembled a terrific group of scholars who will present skyscrapers as artifacts and symbols of transformations in American life. Walking tours of the Loop to explore some of Chicago's most spectacular examples of tall buildings coupled with hands-on activities will help bring this iconic building type to life and help you create engaging lessons across the K-12 curriculum including social sciences, language arts, science, mathematics, and fine and visual arts.

CAF’s headquarters, located in the historic Railway Exchange building (D.H. Burnham & Co., 1904), will serve as our base of operations for the workshop. The Railway Exchange building is located in the heart of the downtown Chicago commercial district, an incomparable grouping of nineteenth and twentieth century skyscrapers that will serve as the project’s landmark study site.

Thank you for your interest in our Summer 2014 NEH Landmarks workshop, The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation. Details here are designed to give you a good idea of what to expect from our workshop and your stay in Chicago, including information on workshop themes, faculty scholars, workshop staff, accommodations, and the application process.

We look forward to reviewing your application.

Jennifer Masengarb
NEH Project Director

Director of Interpretation and Research
Chicago Architecture Foundation


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