Pioneer Life Day Camps planned at historic New Salem site
Illinois College and Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site will offer two Pioneer Life Day Camps this summer to benefit youth of various ages.
Week-long sessions of “Walking in Lincoln's Footsteps,” designed for fourth through sixth-graders, and “Living History Apprentice Program,” for seventh through 12th graders, will be held on June 18-22 and again on July 16-20. Daily sessions will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The program is directed by Illinois College graduates Michael Burke ’09 and Jessica Ross ’17, both certified teachers. Transportation from Springfield is provided for both sessions and from Jacksonville for July session only. The program fee is $200 for the camp and van transportation is an additional $30.
“Walking in Lincoln's Footsteps” is an educational day camp which includes opportunities to participate in special demonstrations of village crafts and trades with the New Salem site interpreters, trace Lincoln’s footsteps during his six years living in the village and learn period games such as graces, hoops and townball. The weeklong program culminates in a special event where campers dress in period attire and spend the day in the village portraying the life of children in the 1830s.
“The Living History Apprentice Program” will provide older youth the opportunity to apprentice as historical interpreters at Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site. During this week-long immersive experience, participants wear period attire, and learn to share the history of the 1830s and Lincoln’s time spent in New Salem with the numerous guests who visit the village. Participants will also learn period crafts to be demonstrated to the public.