Free to all teachers of Illinois history, this publication includes co-authored essays and classroom activities for grades six through twelve on selected Illinois history topics.  Though no longer published, back issues are available digitally and, in some cases, hard copy. For more information please contact the Student Historian Office (217) 782-2981, or Email the department.


Illinois History Teacher's Purpose:

Illinois History Teacher is dedicated to bringing high-quality scholarship on important subjects in our state's past into your classroom but, moreover, giving you, the teacher, assurance of meeting your teaching mission by pairing important history educators who draft Curriculum Materials with the work of Narrative authors.  Together, they  provide you with excellent discussions on aspects of Illinois history and dedicated student exercises.

All past issues are available on line on the Northern Illinois University website or individual articles and relating curriculum materials are below.

1994 - 2008


Volume 1 (1994)—Geography in Illinois History


Volume 2 (1995)—Conflict and Compromise in Illinois History
Guest Editor: Roger B. Beck


Volume 3:1 (1996)—Taking A Stand in Illinois History
Guest Editor: Roger B. Beck


Volume 3:2 (1996)—Aspects of the African-American Experience in Illinois History
Guest Editor:  Charles Branham


Volume 4: 1 (1997)--Triumph and Tragedy


Volume 4: 2 (1997)—Illinois and the Civil War
Guest Editor: Larry T. Balsamo


    Volume 5: 1 (1998)--Migration in Illinois History: People, Culture, Ideas


    Volume 5: 2 (1998)--Illinois History Museums: Resources for Teaching Illinois History
    Guest Editor: Mary W. Turner


    Volume 6: 1 (1999)---The Frontier in Illinois History

    Volume 6: 2 (1999)--Selected Ethnic Groups in Illinois History


    Volume 6: 3 (1999)--Science, Technology, and Invention in Illinois History
    Guest Editor: Lawrence W. McBride


    Volume 7: 1 (2000)--Turning Points in Illinois History


    Volume 7: 2 (2000)--History and Literature in Illinois
    Guest Editor: John E. Hallwas


    Volume 8: 1 (2001)--Science, Technology, and Invention


    Volume 8: 2 (2001)--Abraham Lincoln and Illinois History


    Volume 9: 1 (2002)--Reform, Reaction, and Revolution in Illinois History


    Volume 9: 2 (2002)--Illinois in America's Half-Century
    Guest Editor: Bruce E. Field


    Volume 10: 1 (2003)--The Individual in Illinois History


    Volume 10: 2 (2003)--Women and Illinois History
    Guest Editor: Virginia R. Boynton


    Volume 10: 3 (2003)--The Lewis and Clark Expedition


    Volume 11: 1 (2004)--Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange
    Guest Editor: Michael Wiant


    Volume 11: 2 (2004)--Maps from Illinois History
    Guest Editor: Gerald A. Danzer

    • Thirty-Nine (39) historical maps with Curriculum Materials

    Volume 12: 1 (2005)--Rights and Responsibilities in Illinois History


    Volume 12: 2 (2005)--The French in Illinois, Pre-statehood to the Twentieth Century
    Guest Editor: B. Pierre Lebeau


    Volume 13: 1 (2006)—Taking a Stand in Illinois History


    Volume 13: 2 (2006)—Labor in Illinois History


    Volume 14: 1 (2007)—Communications in Illinois History
    Guest Editor: John Nerone


    Volume 14: 2 (2007)—Politics in Illinois History
    Guest Editor: Dan Monroe


    Volume 15: 1 (2008)--Railroads in Illinois History
    Guest Editor: H. Roger Grant


    For past issues of the Illinois History Teacher visit Illinois Periodicals Online at Northern Illinois University's website. The "Illinois Periodicals Online" project is funded by the Illinois State Library. Issues from 1994 to 2005 are available.

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