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The Chicago Metro History Education Center,
One of the " Good News" Stories in Education,
Seeks Volunteers

CMHEC sponsors the History Fair, a program that encourages students in grades six through twelve to "become historians" by selecting a topic in Chicago history and doing research that connects them to authentic documents, witnesses, scholars, and places around the city. Students then produce mini-museum exhibits, performances, documentaries, and research papers about their discoveries. In doing their projects, they make history come alive for themselves and their audiences.

For 27 years, CMHEC, an independent not-for-profit organization co-sponsored by the Newberry Library, Chicago Historical Society, UIC, and the Public Library has made a difference in students' educational experiences. Nearly 17,000 children participate in the program. There are many ways to support our efforts to bring quality education to our city's students-and have a rewarding time while doing so. We invite you to join us by contributing your time to:

  • General office work (weekdays only).
  • Program work at CMHEC, public libraries, and classrooms (week days and weekends).
  • History Fair events with students on weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays in February through April.

Download a volunteer form to indicate your specific interests. We will contact you promptly.

For more information on judging at the History Fair events, visit our page for judges.

Questions? Contact us at or call our Volunteer Coordinator,
Pauline Kochanski, at 312-255-3607.