Quincy University is a private, contemporary, Catholic liberal arts university grounded in Franciscan values located in Quincy, Illinois. Quincy University is proud of its service to the community as it celebrates its 150th year. Since its founding in 1860, Quincy University has prepared many students to enter the professional world, including Father Augustus Tolton, a former slave and the first African-American Catholic priest. Quincy University continues this pioneering spirit as it welcomes students and faculty from all faiths and traditions through its main campus in Quincy as well as its off-campus programs in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois.
The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program at Quincy University began in 2005 as part of the pilot program, An Adventure of the American Mind. The main focus of the TPS program at Quincy University is to help K-12 teachers move away from teacher-oriented instruction to student-oriented instruction through the use of digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress. Through hands-on professional development from the TPS program, educators learn about the online resources available from the Library of Congress, the importance of making the learning process active for students, how to develop inquiry skills using primary sources, and examples of various methods of using primary sources in classroom instruction. In-service teachers can attend workshops offered onsite at the University or at off-campus locations, including their own schools. Pre-service teachers receive hands-on instruction from the TPS program at Quincy University through several academic course offerings.
Teachers who have completed introductory workshops on teaching with primary sources can participate in various topic-specific institutes offered by the TPS program at Quincy University throughout the summer. For example, the Learning with Lincoln Institute introduced participants to primary sources related to Abraham Lincoln available through the Library of Congress Web site, featured content expert speakers and included visits to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and various sites in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois. Teachers who participated in the Walking in the Paths of History Institute learned how to guide students through inquiry investigations of Library of Congress primary sources as pre- and post-visit activities for class field trips to local historical sites, such as Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri; the John Wood Governor's Mansion in Quincy; the site of the Lincoln-Douglas Quincy debate; and the living history pioneer town of Nauvoo, Illinois. One of the largest veterans' homes in the United States is located in Quincy, providing unique opportunities for teachers and students to learn about our nation's military history through firsthand narratives. Teachers participating in the TPS program at Quincy University's Veterans History Project Institute learned how to help students conduct oral history interviews with veterans, connect these narratives to related primary sources from the Library of Congress, and submit recordings of veteran interviews to the Library of Congress American Folklife Center's Veterans History Project.