Graue Mill and Museum

Today, Graue Mill is the only operating waterwheel gristmill in the Chicago area. Students begin their visit with a short walk around the grounds, while a docent explains the importance of the dam, and the workings of the mill race and waterwheel. They will view a demonstration of the basic milling process using Miller Graue’s 160-year-old buhrstones, and have a chance to try their hand at grinding corn using Native American methods. Costumed volunteers will demonstrate spinning and weaving, and discuss life during the Civil War. Students can also see a short presentation about slavery and the Underground Railroad.
 
Contact Info
Address: 3800 York Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523. DuPage County. Tel: 630-655-2090. Email: info@grauemill.org. Website: www.grauemill.org. Hrs: Tues.-Sun. 10AM-4:30PM.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 1st-5th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm Length of Visit 1-1.5 hours. Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Living History Lesson Plan

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned about $15 per month more. ... Continue