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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 at National Historic Landmarks where Lincoln lived from 1831-1861. In the spring, spend a week constructing an actual privy in the neighborhood of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield. As time allows, repair and paint wooden fences and complete light landscape work throughout the site. In the fall, serve as a volunteer “interpretive assistant” at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site during the annual two-day Fall Festival, demonstrating 1830s daily life activities and winter preparations.


• 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, dress in period clothing and participate in tasks that reflect the male and female roles that were “typical” of the period, or lend a hand with other support activities.

Activity Notes

Spring - 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.

Fall - Walking up to a mile each day over varied terrain in the outdoors; standing or sitting up to an hour at a time in log houses during the 6-hour festival day.

Date Notes
This program will stay at a modern hotel in downtown Springfield, located 2 blocks from the historic site. 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 assist with light landscaping.

Coordinated by Lincoln Land Community College.

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