About the IUM Grant

The Inquiry in the Upper Midwest (IUM) project is funded through the Library of Congress' Teaching with Primary Sources program. The IUM project will deliver primary-source based curriculum resources and professional development for teachers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, with a particular focus on inquiry, primary sources, and culturally relevant pedagogy.

The Minnesota Historical Society will be working with several partners throughout this grant:

  • Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education
  • Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Wisconsin Geographic Alliance
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

During the 2017-18 school year, programming will include:  

  • four webinars on Library of Congress resources for teachers  
  • the launch of instructional modules with videos showcasing culturally relevant pedagogy with primary sources 
  • opportunities for IUM alumni to share their classroom work with primary sources (only available to those who have previously attended an IUM regional workshop or summer institute)  
  • a summer institute for Grades 7-12 teachers in June 2018  
  • a two-day workshop focusing on culturally relevant pedagogy in August 2018


  • Kate Stower, grant director, lead on instructional modules and webinars 
  • Kara Knight, grant assistant, lead on summer institute and CRP workshop
  • Jessica Ellison, grant assistant, lead on regional workshops and Library of Congress resources