Learn about Illinois history from some of our youngest interpreters! The fifth grade students at Springfield Public Schools - District 186 Iles Elementary School have spent weeks researuching under the guidance of mentors and preparing their own interpretive programs for the Old State Capitol. The public is invited to watch their presentations on Friday, February 24.
Groups will be presenting their original skits about a variety of topics important to 19th-century Illinois history, including:
- Abraham Lincoln's Law Career
- Lincoln, Slavery, and Politics
- Growing Up in Springfield (lives of 19th-century children)
- How Did They Do That? (19th-century technology)
- The Underground Railroad
- The United States Colored Troops
- Downtown Springfield in the Nineteenth Century
- The Life of a Servant
- Nineteenth Century Entertainment
There is no charge to watch the performances. Individuals and families do not need to RSVP. School groups wishing to attend should email HPA.HistoryCorps@illinois.gov for sheduling information.