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Resources from CMHEC

The Chicago Metro History Education Center has a library of Chicago history books, clippings, curricula, and bibliographies available for student and teacher use. We also have award-winning media documentaries and performances that may be viewed. These materials must be used in-house, during regular business hours. Just call ahead to make sure someone will be in the office (312-255-3661).

Available for purchase from CMHEC:


  • "Fair for Everyone": The History Fair Teachers' Handbook
  • "Lessons from Community Beginnings": Mexican Community in Chicago, Puerto Rican Community in Chicago, Refugio Martinez
  • Swamp to City: Chicago History from the Portage to Metropolis
  • Bilingual History Fair Teachers Guide


  • Introduction to the History Fair
    Contains a 20 minute introduction to History Fair, a sample documentary and live performance, and student interviews about their experience doing a History Fair project.
  • How to do I-Movie Documentaries (From NHD)
  • How to do Video Documentaries (From History Day in Minnesota)