The I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor Civic Center Authority has developed a new educational curricula about the early history of Chicago and the Chicago Portage National Historic Site.
Titled "Swamp to City, Chicago History from the Portage Site to the Metropolis", the curricula was developed by the Chicago Metro History Education Center by nationally known scholars and local teachers.
"Swamp to City" guides grade school and high school students in an exploration of the historic, scientific, and cultural importance of the early history of Chicago and the Chicago Portage National Historic Site.
Unlike some curricula, Swamp to City does not hand the student a simple story with a beginning, middle and end. This is not the usual history filled with dates, people and places. It provides teachers and students with tools to explore Chicago's orgins and actively "do" the history of Chicago's birth story using the "portal" of the Chicago Portage.
"Swamp to City" includes lesson plans, teachers notes, primary documents, overhead transparencies, and other printed materials and is available for free on this website or by calling the Chicago Metro History Education Center at 312-255-3661.
The "Swamp to City" curricula was funded through the generous efforts of Illinois State Senator Christine Radogno and the Illinois First Fund.
Download "Swamp to City" units in PDF format