Sunday, January 29, 2012

My second afternoon with the History Fair

Today was my second day working with the History Fair at the Harold Washington Library and what a busy day it was! Upon arrival, I met my supervisor for the first time, who went over the large catalog of reference sources we have available to students. The theme for the History Fair this year is "Revolution, Reaction, and Reform in Chicago," so I am familiar with most of the sources in the reference catalog.

After going over our sources, I helped a discouraged sixth grade student who had to start over completely on her research. We brainstormed and I taught her how to perform a search on the Chicago Public Library website for sources. She spent the rest of the afternoon taking notes and asking questions- I felt so proud of her!

The rest of the afternoon proceeded in a similar fashion, helping with brainstorming and looking for sources. I also assisted in structuring a thesis and writing a bibliography. In total, about 15 students showed up, a record number for History Fair Sunday afternoons!    

1 comment:

  1. Alexandra, great internship! Do you have any background in History Fair or its non-Chicagoland equivalent, History Day, prior to this experience? Also, how did you get connected with this internship?

    Good Luck,

    Dan Ott
    Loyola History PhD Student
    MN History Day Alum 99, 01, 02, 03
    MN History Day Intern 04, 05, 07, 08
    MN History Day Library Programs Coordinator 09, 10
    (I'm down with History Day)