Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum announces teacher workshop
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[JAN. 5, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum Education Department announced on Friday its
calendar of upcoming complimentary workshops for educators. These
hands-on, in-depth workshops provide educators with background
content, lesson plans, activities and resources on a variety of
topics relating to Abraham Lincoln and Illinois history. All
workshops are geared to the Illinois State Learning Standards.
these workshops are a wonderful resource for teachers of all grade
levels and disciplines," said Erin Bishop, director of education.
"They provide historical background but also involve hands-on
activities and ideas to use in the classroom. Moreover, our
workshops take a cross-curricular approach and tie into the Illinois
Learning Standards. And they are free!"
"Research Colloquium" will
be offered on Jan. 26 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In this
two-day intensive session, participants will explore and research
the vast holdings of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
Museum. The first day will familiarize educators with the library
collections. Pursuing a topic of their own choosing, educators will
learn how to access digital resources from the library collections,
how to use the library for research and how to obtain usable
reproduction documents to take back to the classroom.
On the second day, working with educators from the library and
museum, participants will create an effective lesson plan based upon
the primary resources they have gathered and tailored to their
students' and their own needs. By the end of the workshop, educators
will have a workable lesson plan to take back to the classroom,
complete with primary documents from the library collections.
The "Slavery in Illinois" workshop on Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon
will mark Black History Month. Slavery played a prominent role in
America's and Illinois' political, social and economic history in
the period leading up to the Civil War. Slavery affected every
discussion from the future of the nation's economy to Western
expansion and the admission of new states into the Union.
Politicians were increasingly pressured to make their opinions
known, and Abraham Lincoln was no exception. In this workshop,
participants will explore the history of slavery in Illinois and
examine primary documents and artifacts to analyze Lincoln's
position on slavery, to understand the historical context of the
times and to increase understanding of the influence of race on
politics in the antebellum era.
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Created in conjunction with the upcoming temporary exhibit on
Mrs. Lincoln, the "Meet Mary Todd Lincoln" workshop will be offered
on March 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. This workshop will explore the
fascinating life of Mary Todd Lincoln from her childhood to her
courtship with Lincoln, their marriage, family life, and the joys
and sorrows of life as the wife of a famous politician and president
during one of the most dramatic eras in our nation's history.
Examine primary documents and artifacts, read her letters, and step
into her world. Classroom activities addressing Illinois Learning
Standards will be presented.
The "Teacher Orientation" workshop will be offered on March 28
from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This
four-hour workshop introduces educators to the resources available
at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Educators
learn how to schedule a tour, how to prepare their class for a visit
and methods for making the most of a school trip to the museum. In
addition, participants find out how to access digital resources from
the library collections, how to use the library for research and
other opportunities for professional development and classroom
activities available through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum Education Department. The session includes a tour
of the museum.
All workshops are free and will be conducted in the first-floor
classroom of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Professional
development units will be offered for each workshop.
Advance registration is required. To register, contact Carol
Manning, education coordinator, at 217-558-8929 or
For additional information, visit
[Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum news release]