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Service Learning: Preserving Lincoln's New Salem Village

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Program #20751RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
President Abraham Lincoln spent his early adulthood in New Salem in the 1830s — experience this time in history as it comes alive at the pioneer village of Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site. As a volunteer, you’ll enjoy a day of training to help with your role as an “interpretive assistant” during the annual two-day Fall Festival, where the daily life activities and winter preparations needed during the 1830s will be demonstrated. Volunteers may choose to wear period clothing, and tasks reflect the male and female roles that were “typical” of the time. For those who don’t wish to don historical garb, there are still plenty of support opportunities where you can lend a hand. And of course, expert staff and volunteers will help you on your way with any task!


• Delight in a chance to dress in period clothing and talk with visitors during the annual Fall Festival with other local volunteers.
• Female volunteers assist in period activities such as spinning wool, candle and soap making, weaving, children’s activities and artifact inventory.
• Male volunteers help with festival set up, maintaining fireplace fires, trail maintenance, site cleanup, artifact inventory and garden work.

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Walking up to half mile each day over varied terrain; standing up to an hour at a time.

Coordinated by Lincoln Land Community College.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
11 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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