History and Social Studies

Featured Civil War

Byron Museum of History & Lucius Read House

Visit the 1840s Lucius Read House, where runaway slaves were kept on their journey to freedom. Groups can see antique household items, Civil War artifacts, and learn about the farming and railroad industries. 110 N. Union St., Byron, IL 61010. Ogle County. Tel: 815-234-5031. Cost: Free.... More Info

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Mother Rudd Home Museum

4690 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL 60031. 847-263-9540. The oldest structure in Warren Township, this two-story house once served as an inn, and then a town hall. Believed to have been a site on the Underground Railroad, visitors today can see artifacts, a 1930s kitchen, and historic photographs of Gurnee. Free.

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

104 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603. 312-374-9333. Artifacts and exhibits on the Revolution, Civil War, and WW2. Groups can schedule a field trip and take an in-depth look at journals, posters, photographs, and learn what life was like for soldiers serving in these conflicts. Free/Fee.