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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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.