The Canal Corridor Association encourages students to compete for the I&M Canal Award on Illinois History Day, May 5, 2016, by using this year’s history theme to explore topics related to the Illinois & Michigan Canal. This year’s theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.
Students interesting in pursuing the I&M Canal Award are encouraged to visit the Chicago Metro History Education Center’s I&M Canal History page for ideas and resources on topics to explore.
The I&M Canal Award was established in 1998 to celebrate the canal’s sesquicentennial, the I&M Canal Awards offer cash prizes of up to $300 to outstanding history fair projects in each of the Junior and Senior Divisions at Illinois History Day in Springfield. Research papers, exhibits, models, performance and media projects are eligible. To be considered for an I&M Canal Award, a history fair project may:
- Focus on the life and work of individuals associated with the I&M Canal
- Explore the influence of the Canal on a specific community, industry or business
- Examine the construction, working or rehabilitation of the canal
- Study and compare the I&M Canal and its successor waterways
- or Tackle other topics that illuminate the I&M Canal’s impact
Entries that explore the early and more contemporary history and themes of the I&M Canal are welcome—its up to students to make the connection!
Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.
The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time.
Bookmark the Canal Corridor Association’s page on the I&M Canal Award to have access to these resources!