Naper Settlement

   
Naper Settlement is an outdoor history museum that brings historical Northern Illinois to life. The 12-acre settlement is filled with things to see and do, including historic homes, shops, and businesses; and costumed villagers that provide history demonstrations and insights into life, work, and school days. The History Connection exhibit gives visitors a chance to play with old-fashioned toys, dress in historical clothes, solve puzzles, and more.
 
Contact Info
Address: 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540. DuPage County.
Tel: 630-420-6010.
Hrs: Tues.-Fri. 10AM-4PM, Sat. & Sun. Vary by season.
 
SCHOOL
Students can step back in time at Naper Settlement to explore life in the 19th century. They can visit historical buildings including the blacksmith shop, print shop, log house, and one-room schoolhouse as they learn about chores and common trades of the time period. Costumed interpreters provide demonstrations of historical activities, which build students' awareness of ways that Naper Settlement evolved from a frontier town to an industrial community. Their program may also involve a scavenger hunt, chores, or a horse-drawn wagon ride. Students can also learn about the Underground Railroad, farmers and pioneers, economics, and much more. Groups unable to visit can register for one of two in-school programs, which also include hands-on activities. Learn more and reserve a program.
 
Contact Info
Name: Group Tours.
Phone: 630-420-4161.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: Varies per program.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Outreach.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 90 minutes-4 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Varies.
Registration: Phone.
Food Options: Picnic area available.
Cost: Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: n/a.
Accessible To: n/a.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: 19th century history, American history, civil war, crafts, economics, farming, industry, living history, slavery, technology, Underground Railroad, Victorian era.
 
 
SCOUTS
Scouts can visit Naper Settlement to participate in historical activities that teach them about history, as well as the science of simple machines. They can also work on historical crafts. Girl Scout and Cub Scout visits can meet badge and belt loop requirements; a special patch is also available. Each year, Naper Settlement offers a Super Scout Sunday where Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scouts can spend the afternoon exploring activity stations and the historic buildings at their own pace. Learn more about programs, including Scout Sunday.
 
Contact Info
Name: Group Tours.
Phone: 630-420-4161.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-5th.
Group Size: Varies.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: Varies.
Registration: Online.
Food Options: Picnic area available.
Cost: Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: n/a.
Accessible To: n/a.
 
Supports Scout Badges In: Science, Social Studies.
Topics Covered: 19th century history, American history, civil war, crafts, economics, farming, living history, Victorian era.

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