Workshop Details

NEH Participant Stipends

The NEH provides teachers selected to participate in a Landmarks program a $1,300.00 stipend at the end of the workshop session. Stipends are intended to help defray workshop-related expenses such as travel, lodging, and meals. Stipends are taxable.


Wide-Open Town participants will be expected to do the assigned readings and resources before the workshop begins. These materials will provide a necessary framework for understanding the topics addressed during the workshop. These materials will be provided on a password protected section of the Wide-Open Town Website or mailed to participants in June. 

Lesson Plan or Project Assignment

One of the main objectives of the Wide-Open Town workshop is to use the information and experience acquired in order to produce classroom materials that will be useful to participants, their students, and other educators. To this end we require that each participant create and share lesson plans or educational projects that use documents and/or concepts learned during the workshop week. With the permission of the creator, selected lesson plans/projects will be made available on this website and on the Kansas City Public Library’s Pendergast Years website.

Earning Graduate Credit 

A Certificate of Participation will be provided to all workshop participants. Three Continuing Education Units are available at in-state tuition rates. Three units of graduate credit in American History are available for approximately $1,300. An appropriate final project, supervised by a member of the program faculty, will be required for graduate credit.

If you are interested in taking the workshop for graduate credit, please contact Dr. Diane Mutti Burke for information about registering. Please be sure to identify yourself as a Wide-Open Town scholar, as this course is not available to regular UMKC students.