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New Position with Chicago Metro History Fair

I'm excited to have begun a new position at the Chicago History Museum a couple of weeks ago now. I am a "History Fair Program Specialist," meaning I help run the Chicago Metro History Fair.

The Chicago Metro History Fair (CMHF) is an annual, regional competition where middle and high school students in and around Chicago research a historical topic of their choice and create projects (exhibit boards, websites, documentaries...) that show off their hard work. Volunteer judges from around the community help provide feedback on the students' work, and winning entries can advance to state and national level competitions (administered by Illinois History Day and National History Day, respectively).

So far, my work has primarily been in preparing for weekend "Palooza" events, where volunteer coaches (often history teachers, faculty, graduate students, etc) and librarians assist students with their History Fair projects. The regional competition will take place i…