MLK Jr. Essay Contests for Students from SIUE

On January 17, 2018, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 11:30 a.m., in the Morris University Center, Meridian Ballroom.

One important activity during the celebration is a contest honoring high school students who express their version of Dr. King, Jr.’s legacy and dream through an essay, poem, or artwork.  This year’s theme is“Intelligence Plus Character – That is the True Meaning of Education”. This theme will reflect on Dr. King’s 1947 letter titled “The Purpose of Education” and serves as a call for action in defense of the great benefit education has on everyone.  Each student interested in the contest is asked to submit an essay, poem, or artwork developed and based upon this year’s theme.

All students currently enrolled at your high school are eligible to enter.  The contest winners will be presented a plaque and an honorarium.  Their parents and teacher will be invited to the event.  Further, a press release highlighting the student’s accomplishment will be forwarded to their hometown newspaper.  For a copy of Dr. King’s 1947 letter, click here.  For a copy of the Guidelines and Entry Form, please click here.   You may make additional copies as needed.

I hope you will be able to involve your students in this meaningful contest.  If you wish to discuss the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the Essay, Poetry, and Visual Arts Contest, or need additional information, please contact Sarah Laux, Assistant Director for Community Engagement, at (618) 650-3472 or

Thank you for your support of this contest.


Sarah Laux

Assistant Director, Community Engagement

Chair, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Truman Presidential Library and Museum Honors Educators with Teacher Appreciation Night




THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 2017

4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

500 W. Hwy. 24, Independence, MO 64050


You're invited to a special evening honoring our teachers, with the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum open after hours just for you.

Enjoy appetizers and beverages while learning about the education programs at a variety of museums and historic sites around the region. The exhibits at the Truman Library will be open, including the special exhibition Saving the White House: Truman's Extreme Makeover. You will also have the opportunity to view Norman Rockwell's "Election Day" and Thomas Hart Benton's mural "Independence and the Opening of the West." All of this is offered completely free of charge as our way of thanking you.

Below is what you can expect for the evening:

4:00 p.m.

The doors are open for you to explore the Truman Library and connect with 20+ museums and historic sites.

4:45 p.m.

Come hear about plans for the Missouri Bicentennial 2021. Bicentennial Coordinator Michael Sweeney will share ideas for the 200th anniversary of Missouri's entry as the 24th state in the United States of America.

5:15 p.m.

Watch the gold-medal-winning performance by National History Day student Erin Lowe. Her performance "Suffrajitsu: The Women who Fought Back" is a must-see!

5:45 p.m.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will present its new program "Baseball and Math"


Register for Elementary/ Middle School workshop on Women in the American Revolution

Registration for the Annual Conference is now closed, but there is still time to register for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher's worksop on Women in the American Revolution led by Carol Berkin.

Registration closes Friday, September 15!


Workshop for Elementary and Middle School Teachers

It Was I Who Did It: Women in the American Revolution

Monday, September 18, 2017    3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Clayton Schools Administration Building

Mark Twain Circle, Clayton, Missouri

Free Teacher Workshop – “Slavery in Missouri”

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Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site is offering a free teacher workshop on Friday, September 29. Below is a description of the workshop and attached is a flyer. Please feel free to share this information with others. Thank you!


Teacher Workshop – “Slavery in Missouri”
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Friday, September 29, 2017
8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This workshop focuses on slavery in the border state of Missouri, a topic that is often not addressed in textbooks or resources available to educators. The small-scale slavery found in Missouri differed in many ways from slavery in the Deep South.  Diane Mutti Burke, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will provide insight into the economic and social dynamics of slavery, its influence by geography, and the disintegration of slavery during the Civil War. Park staff will address slavery as it existed at White Haven, the plantation where Ulysses S. Grant lived for almost six years with his wife and in-laws.

Reservations are required. Please call 314-842-1867 ext. 223.

Diane Mutti Burke’s award-winning first book On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small-Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865 is a bottom-up examination of how slavery and slaveholding were influenced by both Missouri’s geography and the small scale of the slaveholding enterprise. Workshop participants will receive a copy of this book.


Julie Northrip

Chief of Interpretation
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
7400 Grant Road
St. Louis, MO 63123
314-842-1867 ext. 223

FREE Hands-On Document Conservation Workshops from the Missouri State Archives & MHRAB

The Missouri State Archives and Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB) are pleased to announce the location and dates of seven hands-on, Care and Repair of Documents workshops intended to instruct both the public and the state’s record community in basic paper document conservation treatments and procedures. The free workshops will be held at the following venues:

  • Hannibal area, Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, 120 N. Main St., Hannibal, MO 63401
  • Springfield area, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at The Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65810
  • St. Joseph area, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Remington Nature Center, 1502 McArthur Dr., St. Joseph, MO 64505
  • Cape Girardeau area, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Dr., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
  • St. Louis area, Thursday, October 26, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Spencer Road Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library District, 427 Spencer Rd., St. Peters, MO 63376
  • Kansas City area, Thursday, November 9, 2017, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Rd., Independence, MO 64055
  • Jefferson City area, Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, 600 W. Main St., Jefferson City, MO 65101

Missouri State Archives conservators Sandy Hempe and Diane McKinney will offer instruction on how best to conserve paper records, demonstrating proper techniques for surface cleaning, humidifying and flattening, mending and encapsulating paper documents. Attendees will each receive a supply kit including specialized materials needed to put their new skills into practice. All offerings are free of charge for attendees and will be six to seven hours in duration, including a one-hour lunch break. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be limited to 20 at each workshop. Institutional registrations will be limited to one per entity, with subsequent registrations added to a wait list. Please prioritize institutional registrations before submission.

The workshops are made possible through a State Board Programming Grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to the Records Services Division of the Secretary of State’s office and the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB).

For further information on the workshops, or to register, contact me at 573-526-1981 or Also, please feel free to share this announcement with anyone that may have an interest in attending.



Brian Rogers

Principal Assistant for Boards and Commissions

Missouri State Archives

600 W. Main St.

Jefferson City, MO 65101

Work Phone: 573-526-1981

Work Fax: 573-526-5327

Workshop for Elementary and Middle School Teachers

It Was I Who Did It: Women in the American Revolution

Monday, September 18, 2017    3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Clayton Schools Administration Building

Mark Twain Circle, Clayton, Missouri


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Historian Carol Berkin will speak to and work with teachers to add breadth and depth to their social studies instruction.  Teachers attending will be given a copy of her book, Revolutionary Mothers.  Participants will develop useful lesson ideas.  Consideration will be given to increasing gender equity in history instruction.

The $25 registration fee includes the book and membership in MOCHE and the NCHE as well. Advanced registration is required.  Space is limited.

Register by September 11. For more information, or if your school is unable or unwilling to cover the cost of registration, contact Joan Musbach at

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Online Professional Development Courses from Truman State University


Professional Development Courses for Educators

The School of Health Sciences and Education, in partnership with the Institute for Academic Outreach, offers a variety of professional development experiences for K-12 educators.  Whether you are looking for continuing and graduate education for the purposes of professional advancement and continued certification, or exploring new topics to enhance your performance in the classroom, you will find that we have plenty to offer.

Online Professional Development Courses – Select topics in professional development are available in online coursework from Truman.  Truman’s expansion into the online market is gradual, and largely focused on those topics that professionals need to complete from home and at their own pace.

Tuition and Fees

Truman is committed to supporting current K-12 teachers in their professional development goals.  Toward that end, all courses related to Education with a PD prefix (or those in the bullet list above) charge $210 per credit hour* for practicing K-12 teachers and administrators.  That’s significantly lower than the $350 per credit for in-state students, and $601 for out-of-state students normally charged for graduate credit!  All you have to do is make sure our office knows you are a currently practicing teacher or administrator at the time you enroll.

*All online courses carry an additional $30 online course fee to support technology costs.  Graduate courses carrying an ED prefix charge an additional $36 per credit hour in graduate education course fees.  Courses associated with overnight workshops are priced differently.

How to Enroll

Enrollment in any of our professional development courses begins here.  There you can find specific information about our courses and complete the process of submitting a graduate Non-Degree-Seeking application.  There are no essays to provide, no letters to obtain, and no application fees to pay.  For assistance with the enrollment process, or problems with the application system, call the Institute for Academic Outreach at (660) 785-5384 or email us at

State Authorization

Truman State University is a participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).  Students from all states and territories except Massachusetts, Florida, California, and the Marshall Islands are free to enroll in Truman online courses.  The add-on certification courses in Gifted Education support only the requirements of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s additional endorsement and do not constitute a certificate program.  The Registered Behavioral Therapist course leads to certification based on the successful completion of a national board exam, which is completed after the course.  All other courses identified on this page are intended for the professional development and enrichment of career educators and are not part of a formal degree program or certificate.  If your state or school district has specific expectations regarding reimbursement for coursework or qualifications of content for continued licensure, we strongly recommend contacting the appropriate authority in your district or state to verify that the coursework will satisfy your needs.  We are happy to supply sample syllabi upon request.

Special Workshop Opportunities – Other programs, such as those offered by the Truman RPDC office, enable teachers to gain new insights at short-term workshops.  These programs are operated by RPDC and are not part of the Institute for Academic Outreach’s tuition schedule.

Don’t see something you’re looking for?  We’re always looking for new ideas for courses that would be of help to our friends in the K-12 community.  Send suggestions to the Truman Institute at or call (660) 785-5384.

2018 NCHE Conference Call for Proposals



NCHE Call for Proposals
Myth, Memory, and Monuments
April 19-21, 2018

2018 Proposal Submission
Deadline is October 16, 2017

After the murder of President John F. Kennedy, the people of Dallas, stung that some were calling theirs the “city of hate,” debated the fate of the Texas School Book Depository, the building from which Kennedy’s assassin had fired the fatal bullet.  Some, hoping to blur out the bloody memory of November 23, 1963, called for its destruction.  Others worked successfully to make of it the Sixth Floor Museum.  Today visitors often are powerfully moved as they relive details of that terrible day and revisit theories that still spark controversy.  In that museum, as in thousands of other sites across the country, Americans struggle to understand how our emotional connection to the past and our intellectual understanding of it continually inform and shape one another. 
History and memory overlap, and when they do, they provide a fascinating field of study—one that has garnered growing attention as of late.  The 2018 NCHE Conference Myth, Memory, and Monuments seeks to explore the history of how people have remembered the past, how they have used those memories to express their beliefs and values, and how memories have become the tussling ground of different peoples and different members of a society.  Texas, the site of our 2018 meeting, is a place rich with examples of contested memories.  We will gather at a spot less than a mile from the Alamo.  To many Texans it is a sacred monument honoring courageous martyrs in the revolution of 1836.  Hispanics, however, might see it as part of one of the most painful tragedies in the history of Mexico.  African Americans might remember the army of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna as a liberating force marching to end slavery on Mexico’s northern frontier, while descendants of Texas’s Indian peoples might recall the Alamo’s original purpose—a Roman Catholic mission that was a beachhead of empire.
Every place is layered with memories and myths that are often historical actors in their own right.  NCHE conference presentations may explore a question like who guides the process of remembering and towards what ends? How does commemoration actually shape our society and culture? And how does remembrance carry knowledge and tradition from one generation to another?
The National Council for History Education invites proposals on the theme “Myth, Memory, and Monuments” for the 2018 National Conference.  All proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their intellectual content, their ability to engage the audience, and their overall contribution to the teaching of history.
Breakout sessions:  These teacher workshops are typically interactive “how to” sessions designed for the K-12 educator and are 50 minutes in length.
Mini Sessions: Mini Session topics range from teaching ideas to research reports. Presenters have 15 minutes to present information and answer questions. Each mini session typically includes 3 separate 15 minute presentations in the same room within a 50 minute time period.

Poster Session: Poster Session topics range from teaching ideas to research reports. Poster presenters display their information visually (ex. poster/display board) on a desktop and interact with interested attendees during the 50-minute session. Presenters remain with their posters. The poster session period may include 8-15 simultaneous presenters.

2018 Proposal Submission
Deadline is October 16, 2017


About NCHE:

The National Council for History Education promotes historical literacy by creating opportunities for teachers and students to benefit from more history, better taught.

WWII Museum Summer Podcasts


The National WWII Museum invites all teachers to watch livestreamed sessions of the second annual Summer Teacher Institute from July 17 to 21. Donald L. Miller, PhD, lead scholar for this year’s Institute, will explore crucial aspects of World War II in Europe, ranging from the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany, to the arrival of the Americans in North Africa in Operation Torch, to the daring invasion of Normandy on D-Day.

Visit the Summer Teacher Institute livestream page for the session schedule. You may also view and download curriculum materials associated with the Institute by visiting

Questions about the Institute? Contact Teacher Programs & Curriculum Coordinator Joshua Goodman at or 504-528-1944 x 264.