History and Social Studies

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

The library and museum of the 16th president of the United States. The sites feature a variety of items, from a full-scale representation of Lincoln’s childhood home, to Civil War artifacts and Mary Lincoln’s dresses. 112 N. 6th St., Springfield, IL 62701. Sangamon County. Tel: 217-558-8929. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Dana-Thomas House

301 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, IL 62703. 217-782-6776. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed this house in 1902 for Susan Lawrence Dana. Tours aim to teach groups about Wright’s Prairie School of architectural design, and the details of how the house was built. Fee.

Douglas Tomb

636 East 35th St., Chicago, IL 60616. 312-225-2620. This park is the site of the burial place of statesman Stephen Arnold Douglas. The inside of the monument holds bronze allegorical figures, reliefs of American progress, and a sarcophagus containing the Senator’s remains. Free.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

426 South 7th St., Springfield, IL 62701. 217-492-4241. This is the only home that Abraham Lincoln ever owned. Tours take visitors through the Formal Parlor, bedrooms, kitchen, and other parts of the house. Learn about the 17 years the family lived at the home, and Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Free.