History and Social Studies

Featured Historic Places/Sites

Aurora Regional Fire Museum

Located in the 1894 Old Central Fire Station, the museum has items dating back to the early 1800s and the Great Chicago Fire. Groups can learn about fire station architecture, the evolution of fire station technology, and more. 53 N. Broadway, Aurora, Illinois 60505. Kane County. Tel: 630-256-4140. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home

25200 North St. Mary's Rd., Mettawa, IL 60061. 847-968-3400. Visit the historic home to experience life as the Stevenson family did in the mid-20th century. Students will examine Stevenson's 1952 and 1956 presidential campaigns, and explore exhibits inside the house. Fee.

Apple River Fort State Historic Site

311 E. Myrtle St., Elizabeth, IL 61028. The site of a conflict in 1832, known as the Black Hawk War, between local militia and tribal warriors. Groups can see exhibits in the Interpretive Center and explore the reconstructed fort. In the summer, the fort comes to life with living history demonstrations. Free.

Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site

402 South Lincoln Hwy. Rd., Lerna, IL 62440. 217-345-1845. The home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln is preserved at this site along with the Moore Home, a living history farm, and a second historic farmstead. A living history program for 5th grade lets students dress in period clothing and perform 1840s farm chores. Fee/Free.

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook, IL 60523. 630-206-9585. The Tudor Revival-style home began construction in 1919 for the coal baron Francis S. Peabody. Tours for schools and scouts explore the architecture of the house, its restoration, and the life of its owner. Fee.