May is Labor History month in Illinois. The ILHS Labor History Curriculum not only gives teachers ideas to incorporate during the month, but can be used throughout the school year to integrate the story of working people into U.S. History. Our map of labor monuments and historic sites along with our sister site, the labortrail.org offer place-based histories in which you may discover history in your own backyards! The brief biographies of Labor Heroes and honorees from the Union Hall of Honor may be springboards for research projects too.
The ILHS office holds a vast library and mini-museum and archives that include primary sources (books, pamphlets, posters, recorded interviews, and artifacts) and secondary sources (books, journals, scholarly articles, interviews). We are strongest in history related to the Packinghouse Workers Union. Interviews are available, by appointment preferred.