About Great Chicago Stories


Great Chicago Stories is the result of a two-year collaborative effort between the Chicago History Museum, classroom teachers and their students, a national advisory board, and professional writers. The following organizations and people graciously contributed their time and talents to ensure that this website came to fruition.

Great Chicago Stories was made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Heidi Moisan, school programs manager in the education department, served as the project developer. Barb Turk and Margaret Welsh, program coordinators in the education department, managed the day-to-day project operations.

2005–06 Teacher Development Team

Janet Caluris, Peterson Elementary School
Jennifer Chan, Robert Healy Elementary School
Michelle Holly, Peirce International Elementary School
Elizabeth Quintana, South Chicago Community Academy
Catherine Cristofani, Clemente High School
Michelle Luellen, Albizu-Campos Alternative High School
Ellen Metz, Noble Street Charter High School
Vickki Willis, Bogan Technical High School

2006–07 Teacher Development Team

Amy Andrews, Lincoln Elementary School
Natalie Phillips, St. Barbara School
Beatrice Quatroke, Portage Park Elementary School
Hollie Ware, Spencer Math and Science Academy
Kris Ballard, Westinghouse Career Academy
Aggie Nowak, Roosevelt High School
Jackson Potter, Englewood High School
Diane Shalda, Lake View High School / Chicago Military Academy at Bronzeville

These dedicated educators selected narrative topics, created lesson plans, and pilot-tested the stories and accompanying units with their students.

2005–06 Writers

Kris Nesbitt, Chicago, IL
Katherine San Fratello, Chicago, IL

2006–07 Writers

Pamela Dell, Evanston, IL
Melody Herr, Ann Arbor, MI

Web Developers

Project website designed and developed by Your Plan B Company
Interactive History Map, Story Audio, and Podcasts designed and developed by eduweb
Narration by Brian Newhouse and Lynne Holt

Evaluation Team

MEM and Associates
Mary Ellen Munley
Randy Roberts
Liesl Field

Advisory Board

Michael Ebner, Ph.D., Lake Forest College
Monica Edinger, The Dalton School
Phyllis Henry, Educational Consultant
Frank Tobias Higbie, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ann Durkin Keating, Ph.D., North Central College
Joshua Radinsky, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Ann Marie Ryan, Ph.D., Loyola University
Carl Smith, Ph.D., Northwestern University
William Tally, Ph.D., Center for Children and Technology

Chicago History Museum Staff

Lynn McRainey, Elizabeth F. Cheney Director of Education
Phyllis Rabineau, Vice President for Interpretation and Education
Russell Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief Historian

Collections and Curatorial Affairs

Olivia Mahoney, Chief Curator
John Alderson, Senior Photographer
Jay Crawford, Photographer

Research and Access

Lesley Martin, Research Specialist
Rob Medina, Rights and Reproduction Coordinator
Bryan McDaniel, Rights and Reproduction Assistant
Erin Tikovitch, Rights and Reproduction Assistant

Print and Multimedia Publications

Rosemary Adams, Director of Print and Multimedia Publications
Enrique Gonzalez, Web Developer
Sarah Marcus, Historian and Managing Editor of Encyclopedia of Chicago Online
Amanda Stenlund, Editor


Marie Scatena, Youth Programs Manager
Yasmin Dalal, School Programs Coordinator
Lucas Bucholtz, Intern
John Freedlund, Intern

Additional support for Great Chicago Stories provided by the Brinson Foundation.