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As part of the NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture, CAF is proud to offer a workshop for school teachers: The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Dear Colleague,

Greetings from Chicago! Join us this summer at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for School Teachers, The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation. This workshop was last offered in 2014. CAF is thrilled to be a recipient of this NEH grant and present The American Skyscraper again in summer 2017.

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 tall building in Chicago—home to some of the world’s earliest skyscrapers—the workshop will explore how to use all buildings as primary sources in your teaching.

Skyscrapers in Chicago will serve as a lens for studying invention and innovation; urbanization; industrialization; segregation; technology; labor; gender, particularly the introduction of women to the workplace; and civic identity. We'll address the questions: How did the rise of the skyscraper stimulate and reflect change in American life? What do these developments indicate about the future of countries building large numbers of tall buildings today?

We've assembled an amazing group of renowned scholars from across the country who will present skyscrapers as both artifacts and symbols of transformations in American life. Walking and river tours 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. Together we’ll collaborate in creating engaging lessons across 3rd through 12th grade curricula including social sciences, language arts, science, mathematics, and fine and visual arts.

CAF, 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 19th and 20th century skyscrapers that will serve as the project’s landmark study site.

Session 1 (July 9-15, 2017) will host 36 educators in grades 3–12 from across the country. Based on a need for housing, educators will receive a $1200 NEH stipend to defray the cost of housing and travel expenses. 

Session 2 (July 23-29, 2017) will host 36 educators in grades 3–12 from Chicago, Cook County, and the five collar counties: DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will and Lake County, IN. Educators will receive a $600 NEH stipend to defray the cost of travel expenses.

Thank you for your interest in our summer 2017 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.

Sincerely,

Jen Masengarb, NEH Project Co-Director, Director of Interpretation and Research
Gabrielle Lyon, NEH Project Co-Director, Vice President of Education and Experience
Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
NEHLandmarks@architecture.org
312.561.2147


SCHEDULE

July 9–15, 2017 (national educators)
July 23–29, 2017 (educators in Chicago, Cook County, and the five Illinois collar counties: DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will) 

New this year for NEH Landmarks:

  • Workshop options: Some Landmarks workshops now reserve one of their two workshop weeks for participants who commute to the program (no housing option available). These workshop dates are designated “commuters only” in the project list.
  • Stipend provisions: Only those participants who incur housing costs in a residential workshop week will receive a stipend of $1200. All commuting participants who incur no housing costs, regardless of workshop type, will receive a stipend of $600.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.