JS 495 Spring 2024

Treasure Found! Those of you who love going through your grandparents’ old drawers or boxes up in the attic--join me on this adventure! In this hands-on history class, we will become detectives and storytellers as we sift through, catalogue, and sort documents and photos that have never been worked on before. We will learn how to turn sources from the U of I’s Central Illinois Jewish Communities Archives (CIJCA) into stories that engage public audiences. We will discuss microhistory as a method and point of view, challenging our understanding of what history is and how it can be expanded. Students will get a glimpse into the Central Illinois Jewish communities of the past and will participate in making history.