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Paul Findley Congressional Office Museum

The Paul Findley Congressional Office Museum is excited to offer education programs and host tours and events for audiences of all ages.

As a unique resource at Illinois College, the museum collaborates closely with campus departments and groups to enhance curriculum and engage students with our unique collections through hands-on learning opportunities. Faculty and staff interested in touring the museum with a class or campus group can contact the Curator to schedule a visit.

Studying a political campaign? Explore the museum's campaign collection including posters, yard signs, buttons, bumper stickers and even a hat or two.
 
Curious about Illinois College's history and connection with President Abraham Lincoln? Visit the museum and discover more about how Congressman Findley helped preserve the Lincoln Home in Springfield, Illinois and how Findley's lifelong interest in Lincoln help shape the Congressman's work.
 
Interested in discovering more about the Congressman's work in advocating for peace and justice in the Middle East? Discover our collection's range of international artifacts and the Congressman's correspondence, reports, publications and more in the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives.
 
Past projects and collaborations on campus include partnering with first-year seminar instructors to overview the museum as a campus resource and collaborating with course instructors to integrate primary sources into in-class exercises. 
 
Tours
The museum is currently open to group tours and visits by appointment. Visits by local and traveling organizations and classes help us share the museums's mission with audiences from near and far and lifelong learners of all ages. The museum is excited to be an annual partner with the Jacksonville Middle School Historic Walking tour in Jacksonville, Illinois.
 
Outreach
The museum offers a free outreach program for school groups K-5 titled, "Congress in the Classroom." This program helps meet Illinois Learning Standards for Social Studies. Program length is typically 30-45 minutes, depending on grade and size. The program is offered through local classrooms in and near Morgan County. Interested teachers and educators can contact the Curator to learn more about the program or to schedule a visit.