MHC Awards Grant to Southeast’s Department of History to Bring Primary Source Local History to Classrooms

historic preservationCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 14, 2015 — The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a $2,500 grant to the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University to support the project, “Primary Sources & Local History in the Digital Classroom.”

The project consists of a summer institute that will create a space for the open exchange of ideas between Missouri social studies teachers, scholars, and archivists about curriculum development based on local primary sources.  It will connect students in middle and high school classrooms to place-based education through regional primary sources, with a goal of planting the seed of inquiry about local history in the classroom and sparking a lifelong interest in the humanities.

The summer institute is limited to 12 social studies teachers, who will, in turn, work to spread the use of primary sources into their classrooms. Participating teachers will receive three graduate credits through the Southeast Department of Continuing Education.

Dr. Courtney Kisat, assistant professor of history and Secondary Social Studies Education Program coordinator, who will serve as the project director for the grant, said, “A teachers’ institute of this type is unprecedented in this region. This event will strengthen the connection between University resources, untapped primary source collections and local social studies teachers. It will also promote place-based education and foster a sense of pride in Missouri history for middle and secondary students.”

The MHC is the only state-wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages.  It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.

For more information about how to register, please contact Kisat at ckisat@semo.edu.  For information about the grants program of the Missouri Humanities Council, call 314.781.9660 or 800.357.0909 or write to the MHC, 543 Hanley Industrial Court, Suite 205, St. Louis, Missouri 63144-1905.