The stories of the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area come alive through the IMCNHA Speakers Bureau. Discover the geological significance of Chicago’s location or how the Calumet River has evolved over time. Uncover the rich mining heritage in Northern Illinois or why the Illinois & Michigan Canal was built. The Canal Alliance helps bring the stories of the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area to your community by underwriting the cost of the program.
Bring an IMCNHA Speaker to YOUR community!
The IMCNHA Speakers Bureau offers a wide-range of programs on subjects related to the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area. A complete list of speakers and programs are available in the right sidebar. The IMCNHA Speakers Bureau is open to any organization, group, or school within the 60 communities of the Corridor. To host a speaker, select a Program and contact the speaker. Canal Alliance Partners are eligible for grants covering speaker’s costs. Not a Canal Alliance Partner? Membership is free! Join the Canal Alliance Today!
To apply to host an IMCNHA Speaker complete the following steps.
#1 Select a topic
IMCNHC Speakers Bureau Programs
#2 Contact the IMCNHA Speaker directly to confirm if he/she is available
In addition to this verbal agreement with the speaker, you must submit an application to the Canal Alliance for approval.
#3 Submit the application and processing fee
Submit your completed Application and $25 processing fee to the following address:
Attention: IMCNHA Speakers Bureau
Canal Corridor Association
754 First Street
LaSalle , IL 61301
Make the check payable to the “Canal Corridor Association.” The Canal Alliance must receive your application and check at least six weeks before the scheduled date of your program.
Note:Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding for the program is committed.
#4 Wait for Approval
Please do not begin preparations for your event until you have received official approval from the Canal Alliance. We will notify you of our funding decision. If your application has been approved, you will receive an award packet by email. Honorarium and travel costs will be sent directly to the IMCNHA Speaker, not through your organization.
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