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An Investment in Your Students' Education

The nationally-recognized Chicago Metro History Education Center is a not-for-profit, independent organization established in 1977. Schools that participate in the Chicago Metro History Fair are asked to join the History Fair Partners Program for an annual fee which contributes to the overall cost of providing History Fair services to the school's students and teachers. The majority of History Fair schools include the HF Partners fee in their School Improvement Plan and annual school budget, but in same cases schools may need to secure support from community sponsors, local businesses, parents, or donor websites.

Schools participating in the History Fair for the first time are exempted from the fee.

The $375 History Fair Partner fee entitles schools to the following benefits:

  • One school visit by History Fair staff (the school visit includes either classroom visits with students or a 1.5-3 hour workshop with History Fair teachers, materials included)

  • Free registration for students at regional competitions
  • Free registration for teachers at professional development workshops and invitations to all History Fair-sponsored events

  • Free or at-cost educational materials for History Fair teachers and students
  • Free coaching sessions where students can receive feedback on their projects from History Fair staff and trained volunteers

  • Phone and email consultation for students and teachers

  • Framed Certificate of Partnership

The following fee structure applies to schools that have not paid the History Fair Partners fee but still participate in the History Fair services and activities:

  • School visit: $250

  • Entry fees for participation at regional competitions: $50 per student

  • Teacher and Student Workshops: varies by workshop (generally $25-$100)

Schools in exceptional circumstances may apply for a one-time fee waiver. Please complete and return application.
Click here to download the History Fair Partners Fee Waiver application. (Adobe PDF file)