at Eastern Illinois University 

chased by copperheads 

The great American What is it? chased by Copper-heads. 
Nichols, E. W. T., [Boston] ; 1863. Click the image to learn more!


Content in the center of each page will change, but the side navigation bars  remain the same throughout the site.  On this index page you will find

What is
Teaching with
Primary Sources?
& Opportunities

News, Announcements and Opportunities


NEW! 2014 Summer Institute Information 







Refresher Course or new professional development!  Are you interested in a "refresher" course of the benefits of teaching with primary sources and a chance to explore updates to the Library of Congress website?  Are you a new teacher who is eager to learn about new tools and resources for your classroom? Do you have a specific theme or topic that you want to focus upon and develop curriculum?  Contact us! For information visit TPS in Action at EIU or contact Cindy at or 581-7857.








TPS EIU in Action and TPS EIU Jump-Start! We offer hands-on professional development project that combines research, exploration, collaboration and authentic application at your local site with two options for scheduling.  TPS EIU in Action allows teachers to participate in the program over six to twelve weeks.  TPS EIU Jump-Start packs the program into four intense weeks with more independent work expected.  Check them out and contact us!!







Resource Spotlight

The Source 2.0  To start the new year we have a new project The Source 2.0. This condensed newsletter updates newsletters from the past in a quick and easy to find format. The first issues is on Inventors and Inventions. 

The Source 2.0 

Technology & Science Resources on the Library of Congress Website Introduction - a list of resources that may be of interest to our science and technology teachers!


Podcast - Join Cindy for TechTalk4Teacher podcasts with EIU colleagues, Dr. Tom Grissom, Instructional Technology Center Director and Mike Gioia, Asst. Dir. of Information Security. Casts cover a variety of education technology topics and each host brings unique perspective and expertise.

What is Teaching with Primary Sources?

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, which bring to bear the world’s knowledge in almost all of the world’s languages and America’s private sector intellectual and cultural creativity in almost all formats. The Library seeks to spark the public’s imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits.

In doing so, the Library helps foster the informed and involved citizenry upon which American democracy depends. Today, the Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staff—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s award-winning Web site

The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program is to: build awareness of the Library’s educational initiatives; provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library’s resources; and offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library’s educational resources.

The Library achieves this mission through collaborations between the Library and the K-12 educational community across the United States. The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Library’s digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.  Learn more about the Library’s TPS program and other resources available to teachers at

Members of the TPS Educational Consortium assist in the design of the TPS program and offer TPS professional development on an ongoing basis, year round. Visit to view a list of current Consortium members and their respective states.

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources program at Eastern Illinois University has been actively collaborating with Central Illinois K-12 educators since the program inception in January 2004.  We are proud to support the goals and mission of the national TPS program through workshops and presentations at no cost. TPS was brought to the EIU campus thanks to the efforts of Senator Dick Durbin.

We welcome your comments and ideas about our site. Please email us if you would like to see something new or have an idea for a theme.
Updated 3.28.14


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Teaching with Primary Sources
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

Director: Cindy Rich, Ph.D.  



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