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    VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

Did you know 12 Springfield sites are now offering virtual educational opportunities??
See below for more information on each site.

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LINCOLN HOME NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

217-492-4241 |  Website 

Distance Learning: LIHO_Education@nps.gov
Ranger-Led Virtual Tours & Junior Ranger Program: Jasmine_Leung@nps.gov

Lincoln Home offers several opportunities for distance learning including curriculum-focused programs and "Chats with a Ranger" with virutal tours and live discussion. Students can also go on a ranger-led virutal tour of Lincoln Home. Lesson plans and other educational resources are available. Several pre-recorded tours and other videos are available on Lincoln Home's YouTube channel. The Home's Junior Ranger program is another option for children between the ages of 5 and 12.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM

217-558-8844 |  Website 

Education Director: heather.nice@illinois.gov

Contact the museum directly for any questions about virtual tours. Additional resources are available on the museum's website. Lesson plans include "The Lincoln Presidency", "Lincoln's Cabinet", "The First Family", "Civil War Tech", "ALPM Oral Histories", "Practicing Historical Thinking Skills", and "World War II Experience". There are also several teaching guides with topics including the "Gettysburg Address", "African American History in Illinois", "Lincoln's Farewell Address" and "Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War". Visit the educator resources section online for more information. There are also several videos available on the museum's YouTube channel.

STATE HISTORIC SITES AT SPRINGFIELD, IL

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The State Historic Sites at Springfield include Lincoln Tomb, the Illinois War Memorials, the Old State Capitol, the Dana Thomas House - a Frank Lloyd Wright design and the Vachel Lindsay Home. Contact them directly for virtual tours of sites.

Dana Thomas House
Old State Capitol
War Memorial
Iles House

ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM

217-782-7388 |  Website 

Curator of Education: Lorna.Shuman@illinois.gov

Virtual tours are available at the Illinois State Museum. Reservations are required 2-3 weeks before tour. Contact the museum directly for more information. The museum also has resources available on their website. Online tours and resources include: "We are Illinoisans", "Fashioning Illinois 1820-1900", "Story of Illinois", "Illinois Mussels", "Exploring Bats", "Archaeology" and more.

SPRINGFIELD & CENTRAL ILLINOIS AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM

217-391-6323 |  Website 

Site Contact: jenni1616@gmail.com

The Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum offers a wide variety of virtual learning covering several topics pertaining to the minority experience in Illinois and beyond. Virtual tours include: "The Middle Passage", "President Barack Obama", "Early African American Pioneers of Central Illinois", "African American Firsts", "African American Women on Stamps" and "The Freedom Project".

EDWARDS PLACE

217-523-2631 |  Website 

Curator of Collections & Interpretation: collections@springfieldart.org

Benjamin S. Edwards and his family owned this Italianate mansion which dates back to 1833. The Lincolns were frequent guests in the home. Virtual tours are available online. Zoom guided tours are also available with advance scheduling. Educators may also Book a Travelling Trunk, a trunk of artifacts to be used in your programming, perfect for the classroom or other organizations. Contact Edwards Place directly for more information.

ILLINOIS STATE MILITARY MUSEUM

217-761-3910 |  YouTube 

Contact: ng.il.ilarng.list.military-museum@mail.mil

The Illinois State Military Museum has a wide variety of videos on its YouTube channel highlighting the different time periods covered by the museum and some of the unique artifacts in the museum's care.

The videos include The Lincoln Target Board, Arms and Equipment of the French and Indian War, The Vietnam War and more.

LINCOLN'S NEW SALEM

217-632-4000 |  Website 

Site Services Specialist: Trevor.Thomas@illinois.gov

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site has videos posted on their Facebook page highlighting several areas in the park. Live stream tours are available with interpreter talks where they provide a Q & A and show-and-tell type of experience as well as a walk through the village. Contact the park directly for more information. There are plans to add video to New Salem's YouTube channel in early 2021.