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Teaching with Primary Sources Midwest Region

Helping educators enhance students’ critical thinking, analysis skills, and content knowledge using the Library of Congress' collections.

Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) is the premier educational program by the Library of Congress. The TPS Midwest Region at Illinois State University covers 17 states situated in the center of the United States, from Minnesota to Louisiana.

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    Apply for a grant

    The Midwest Region offers grants up to $25,000 to projects that support the Library's mission and goals. Grants are awarded year-round and have no submission deadline.

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    Activities by state

    Across its 17 states, the Midwest region has granted to over 150 unique partners! Read about their projects here.

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    Professional development

    The Library and the Midwest Region offer frequent professional development opportunities to hone your skills with primary source education. See how you can get involved today!


Find resources related to Library of Congress collections, TPS Consortium Groups, or articles generated by the Midwest Region and its partners.

Our Resources


  • Summer 2024 Workshop: Fundamentals of Primary Source Instruction

    Learn to utilize digital primary sources from the Library of Congress and create source collections that engage students in active learning! Join us for a blend of asynchronous assignments and virtual meetings. 

    Completion awards 25 hours towards reaccreditation. Course runs from June 8th - July 23rd.

    Register today!

  • The NCTE-NCTM 2024 Joint Conference

    TPSMR staff will be exhibiting at the 2024 NCTE-NCTM conference in New Orleans, LA. We will be showcasing curated primary source sets relating to a combination of literature and mathematics! 

    Conference Information and Primary Source Sets
    Conference Dates: June 17 - 19

  • Kaona: Language is Life

    Educurious partners are introducing a day long virtual workship which will examine the intricacies of the AAPI acronym which represents over 50 ethnic groups and 100 languages. Educators will discover the history of the quest for sovereignty on Hawaii and apply that knowledge to their own lived experiences. 

    Date: July 11 | Contact: Blake Konrady

  • A More Perfect Union: Exploring America's Story in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

    A number of TPS Consortium partners will be delivering sessions focused on America's Story during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Hosted through the Chicago History Museum, University of Chicago - Loyola, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, this professional development is provided at no-cost to participants.

    Dates: June 17th | Registration and RSVP Information | Contact: Rich Cairn

Questions? Let us help!

Feel free to ask us questions regarding a potential granting project or opportunities to collaborate with the Midwest Region!

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