The Chicago Metro History Education Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago would like to invite K-12 teachers to apply for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute “Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressive Era: Capitalism, Democracy, and Progressivisms, 1877 to 1920.”

NEH Summer Scholars will spend four weeks in Chicago (July 8-August 2, 2013), a center of Progressive Era reform, engaging in vigorous discussions about this critical time period in American history and creating materials to use in their classrooms. 

NEH Summer Scholars will explore new ways to look at the Gilded Age and Progressive Era through a wide variety of historical—and historiographical—matters. The focus will be on two of the most important themes of American history—capitalism and democracy. Award-winning historian Robert Johnston (University of Illinois at Chicago) will guide the institute’s academic content, with the help of renowned experts in history, art, and architecture. Charles Tocci (Loyola University Chicago) will direct teaching application discussions, along with master teacher Molly Myers (Lindblom Math and Science Academy).

Benefits include stimulating readings and discussions with scholars and peers;  time to explore and create practical applications for the classroom;  a $3,300 stipend to defray travel, lodging, and study expenses; and a chance to experience Chicago’s Gilded Age and Progressive Era history and culture personally. 

Visit or email for more information. Applications are due March 4, 2013.