Historic interpreters portraying a Civil War artillery unit will
be at the park 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 2. Using an actual
cannon, they will teach the science behind artillery and lead
children in a mock firing.
And from 9-10 a.m. that day, children can learn about the
rapid-firing Gatling gun by using toy rubber-band guns built on the
“Civil War Tech” events, made possible by generous support from
AT&T, let children get an up-close look at the tools and machinery
used to wage war 150 years ago.
To help bring classroom lessons on the Civil War to life, the
presidential library is now offering four of the Civil War Tech
programs in central Illinois schools. Museum staff will come to
schools and teach free, hands-on lessons of 30-60 minutes about
ironclad ships, railroads, telegraphs or submarines.
The lessons are designed to help students in grades 4-8 learn
history and science simultaneously.
For more information or to schedule a Civil War Tech classroom
presentation, contact Sabrina Manci at Sabrina.Manci@illinois.gov.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a division of
the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is dedicated to telling
the story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned
scholarship and modern technology.
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The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books,
documents, photographs, artifacts and art, including the Gettysburg
Address, Emancipation Proclamation, 13th Amendment and Abraham
Lincoln’s stovepipe hat. It also serves as the state’s historical
library, with some 12 million items pertaining to Illinois history.
Meanwhile, the museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching
special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate
visitors. It also presents an array of temporary exhibits about
Lincoln and Illinois.
The museum, which requires paid admission, is open seven days a
week. The library portion of the ALPLM is open free of charge Monday
through Friday for research. For details, visit
[Christopher Wills, Director of
Communications and Public Affairs, Illinois Historic Preservation