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Online programs and virtual tours continue while CAC tours are currently suspended and the Center is closed, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Illinois.

Applications are now open for the summer 2021 workshops (July 11−17 and July 25−31). The application period will close on March 1, 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who submitted materials for the summer 2020 workshop (canceled due to COVID-19) who would like to re-submit for 2021 should email (with the title “Landmarks Applicant 2020”) to notify us of their continued interest.

Prior to completing your application, please carefully review and consider what is expected in terms of residence and attendance, reading and writing requirements and overall participation.

We have designed each day's instruction to include a mix of lectures, discussions, virtual tours and collaborative activities. You should be prepared to participate in full-day sessions, which will include a combination of virtual sessions and self-guided fieldwork. We consider the activity level for this workshop to be moderate.

If you have any accessibility needs for participation, or if you require assistance with registration, please contact the workshop co-directors Adam Rubin and Nicole Kowrach at—we are happy to help.


In addition to general questions about yourself, your work as an educator and the students you serve, you must also respond to the following short-answer questions:

  • What is your interest in this specific workshop and/or its topic of study?
  • How will attending this online workshop enhance your teaching or school service?
  • How will you share your experience with your colleagues?

Applications must be submitted via the online form. Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Please note: An individual may apply for up to two NEH summer projects (NEH Landmarks Workshops, NEH Summer Seminars, or NEH Summer Institutes), but may participate in only one.


Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH-supported Summer Program (NEH Landmarks Workshop, NEH Summer Seminar, or NEH Summer Institute), you may not withdraw in order to accept an offer from another program.


A selection committee will read and evaluate all properly completed applications. Special consideration is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally from the workshop experience. It is important, therefore, to address the following in your submitted application:

  • your professional background;
  • your interest in the subject of the workshop;
  • your special perspectives, skills or experiences that would contribute to the workshop; and
  • how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service

While recent participants are eligible to apply, selection committees are asked to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported seminar, institute, or workshop. Additionally, preference is given to applicants who would significantly contribute to the diversity of the workshop. Five (5) workshop spaces may be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (teaching for five years or less).


Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation. For further information, write to NEH Equal Opportunity Officer, 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20506. TDD: 202/606-8282 (for the hearing impaired only).


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this workshop do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.