Old State Capitol

The Old State Capitol is a reconstruction of Illinois’ fifth statehouse, the first to be located in Springfield. The building served as the seat of state government and a center of Illinois political life from 1839 to 1876. The Greek Revival-style building is located in the center of a large landscaped yard surrounded by a replica of the original 1850s ornamental iron fence. In 1961 the building was designated a National Historic Landmark and in 1966 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

contact info

Hrs: 9AM-5PM Daily.

School

Groups can take an interpreter-conducted tour of the reconstructed Greek Revival style building or tour on their own. See the first floor rooms, government offices, two libraries, and more. Surprise students with surprising historical facts, like how Abraham Lincoln's final lying in state was at this very location on May 3-4, 1865!

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies.

topics covered:
The Civil War, Presidents, Heritage.

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Middle School, High School, College Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone. Food Options: Bring your own. Cost: Free Title I or Financial Support: No. Accessible To: PD, VI, HI, LD, ASD.

Historic Site Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

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Old State Capitol

The Old State Capitol is a reconstruction of Illinois’ fifth statehouse, the first to be located in Springfield. The building served as the seat of state government and a center of Illinois political life from 1839 to 1876. The Greek Revival-style building is located in the center of a large landscaped yard surrounded by a replica of the original 1850s ornamental iron fence. In 1961 the building was designated a National Historic Landmark and in 1966 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

contact info

Hrs: 9AM-5PM Daily.

Scouts

Groups can take an interpreter-conducted tour of the reconstructed Greek Revival style building or tour on their own. See the first floor rooms, government offices, two libraries, and more. Surprise scouts with surprising historical facts, like how Abraham Lincoln's final lying in state was at this very location on May 3-4, 1865!

supports scout badges in:
Social Studies.

topics covered:
The Civil War, Presidents, Heritage.

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Middle School, High School Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone. Food Options: Bring your own. Cost: Free Title I or Financial Support: No. Accessible To: PD, VI, HI, LD, ASD.

Historic Site Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

View Lesson Plan>>

Old State Capitol

The Old State Capitol is a reconstruction of Illinois’ fifth statehouse, the first to be located in Springfield. The building served as the seat of state government and a center of Illinois political life from 1839 to 1876. The Greek Revival-style building is located in the center of a large landscaped yard surrounded by a replica of the original 1850s ornamental iron fence. In 1961 the building was designated a National Historic Landmark and in 1966 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

contact info

Hrs: 9AM-5PM Daily.

Homeschool

Groups can take an interpreter-conducted tour of the reconstructed Greek Revival style building or tour on their own. See the first floor rooms, government offices, two libraries, and more. Surprise students with surprising historical facts, like how Abraham Lincoln's final lying in state was at this very location on May 3-4, 1865!

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies.

topics covered:
The Civil War, Presidents, Heritage.

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Middle School, High School Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone. Food Options: Bring your own. Cost: Free Title I or Financial Support: No. Accessible To: PD, VI, HI, LD, ASD.

Historic Site Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

View Lesson Plan>>

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