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Service Learning: Preserving President Lincoln’s National Heritage

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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.
Take a journey back in time as you assist in preserving President Lincoln’s heritage in the neighborhood of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, IL where Lincoln lived from 1831-1861. In the spring, spend a week constructing a privy and as time allows repair and paint wooden fences and complete light landscape work throughout the site. In the fall, under supervision by the National Park Service Maintenance Staff, help paint two structures to help keep them in good condition and learn about historic preservation.


• Take a step back in time to work and learn at National Historic Landmarks affiliated with the life of Abraham Lincoln.
• In the spring, take part in the construction of a privy and fence repairs in preparation for the 150th Lincoln Funeral Commemoration.
• In the fall, undertake painting projects to help maintain the integrity of important sites a the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

Activity Notes

Project involves working outdoors, walking up to 8 city blocks throughout the day, standing up to 5 hours (with breaks and depending on the projects), bending, use of hand and yard tools and moving materials.

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Participants will help construct a privy to complete the outbuildings at the historic Dean House property located in the neighborhood of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. The privy will complete the outbuildings on the property and provide visitors with a more realistic view of the 1860s period landscape. As time allows participants will repair and paint wooden fences and take part in light landscaping.10/18/2015
Paint two structures located in the neighborhood of Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, IL. As time allows, the carpenter shop siding may be painted or minor fence repairs/painting completed.

Coordinated by Lincoln Land Community College.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
13 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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