“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.” - Abraham Lincoln
--from Speech to the People of Sangamon County, March, 9, 1832)
Welcome to ALPLM’s Education site. Taking inspiration from President Lincoln’s beliefs on the importance of education, we highlight the importance of historical scholarship and learning, while engaging our community around the life and legacy of President Lincoln and the diverse history of the state of Illinois.
To this end, we provide hands-on, expert-led enhancement programs, share a wide variety of teaching and classroom resources with educators, create relevant and standards-aligned professional development, and oversee the Illinois History Day competition. We invite you to spend some time exploring the site to learn more about the variety of exciting opportunities we offer for educators and students.
Plan Your School Visit
We want educators and students to visit the museum and learn about the life and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln! To help you plan your visit, everything you need – from booking information, to enhancement opportunities, to materials to ensure the best experience for your students – is in this section.
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Enhance Your Experience
ALPLM offers a variety of enhancement programs for school groups visiting the museum. Ranging from interactions with historians, to hands-on history about Lincoln’s life and times, to research in the Library, this section describes ways your students can engage with ALPLM beyond our exhibits.
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Seeking contextualized collections of original records for your students? Want tips from our Historians and Educators on how to teach key historical events and topics? Need lesson plans related to President Lincoln or Illinois history? Look no further – we have curated a variety of resources for you in this section!
Learn more about Educator Resources
Interested in learning how to more effectively find and incorporate original records into your classroom? Looking for a new opportunity for your school or district’s Teacher In-Service? Our Professional Development section highlights the variety of training opportunities ALPLM offers for educators.
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Illinois History Day
As the state affiliate office of National History Day in Illinois, ALPLM provides information about Illinois History Day’s theme, contest dates, and rules in this section. You will also find training materials to help educators prepare students for participation and resources for students completing their research.
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