Helping children learn about Lincoln
Winnick Field Trip Initiative helps
schools pay for visiting Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
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[August 23, 2017]
– Good news for schools that want to visit the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum but lack the money. Thanks to the
Winnick Family Foundation, schools can apply for grants to help them
cover the expense of a visit.
The grants are for grades 4 through 12 in public and
private schools with a low-income enrollment above 30 percent. The
application deadline is Oct. 16.
The Winnick grants help defray the cost of transportation to the
presidential library and museum. Groups receiving a grant also get
free admission to the museum.
The Winnick Family Foundation offers the grants through the Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, a not-for-profit
organization that raises money to support the presidential library’s
Visit bit.ly/Winnick2017 for grant applications, which must be
postmarked Oct. 16 or earlier. The grant awards will be announced
later this year. For more information, call (217) 558-8953 or email
The field trip grants, which are usually used in
April and May, are coordinated through the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum’s Department of Education, which
provides educational opportunities for learners of all ages to
explore Illinois and American history and the legacy of Abraham
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The department offers a variety of programs that use history to
teach students about the Civil War, President Lincoln and STEM topics. It also
provides lesson plans, including teacher resources built around oral histories
in the presidential library’s collection.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds an unparalleled
collection of Lincoln documents, photographs, artifacts and art. It uses that
collection, modern technology and traditional story-telling techniques to
connect visitors to the 16th president.
The Winnick Family Foundation supports programs for education, literacy, health
care, art, culture, animal welfare and the needs of the worldwide Jewish
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.]