If you are interested in bringing your group or school tour to New Salem, Groups of 15 or more should arrange for a reservation with the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-545-7300 or by accessing the SCVB website at www.visit-springfieldillinois.com and going to "Group Tours" and choosing the "School/Youth tour" option for a Reservation Form or to make Reservations online.
Walking in Lincoln's Footsteps at New Salem - This 4th-6th grade program gives campers a taste of what life was like in the 1830s when Abraham Lincoln called New Salem home. Campers will explore the importance of tasks done around the home and trades practiced in the village. They will also learn about young Abraham Lincoln and how his years at New Salem shaped him. On the final day of the camp session, they will dress in period attire and participate in activities in the village. Daily camp sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Campers will present a short program for families at 4:30 p.m. on the last day of camp.
Living History Apprentice Program - This program provides older youth entering 7th-10th grade the opportunity to step back in time and become part of "living history". Campers are trained to interpret the history of Lincoln's New Salem to public visitors and participate in activities that allow them to portray the daily life of a young person in the village. These activities may include cooking, gardening, splitting rails and feeding the livestock. In addition, they will learn a skill and complete a project during the session. For female campers, this may be a quilting, knitting or needlepoint project. For male campers, it may be leatherwork, broom making or woodwork. Campers will also spend a portion of each day assigned to one of the village homes, where they will "apprentice" as a historical interpreter. Daily camp sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. On the final day, families are invited into the village at 4:30 to visit the various homes where the "apprentices" are interpreting.
Junior Interpreter Program - Youth turning 16 years of age during the calendar year are invited to attend an orientation session in order to become active volunteer interpreters at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site. Participants will spend a day reviewing the history of Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site and interpretative skills. They will also learn about the expectations and responsibilities of volunteer interpreters at the state historic site. Finally, they will develop an individual training plan to complete the process of becoming a fully independent volunteer historical interpreter at the site. Please contact Lincoln's New Salem Historic Site with questions or to enter the program.
2014 Session Dates
**Please Note: Camp programs will be run simultaneously this summer; each week will have 16 spots for Walking in Lincoln's Footsteps and 12 spots for Living History Apprentice programs.
Junior Interpreter Program:
Van Transportation - Van transportation will be provided from Springfield - White Oaks Mall for the June 23-27 and July 14-18 camp sessions (not the Junior Interpreter Program). Vans are also available from Jacksonville during specified sessions (see below). RETURN VAN SERVICE IS NOT PROVIDED at the end of the final day of camp (Friday). Parents are invited to attend the closing camp activities - more information will be provided in the camp handbook.
Springfield: White Oaks Mall (mall entrance between Macy's and Sears, upper lot) for both sessions
Jacksonville: Illinois College (Physical Plant Parking Lot)
Program fees for 2014 will be as follows:
Walking in Lincoln's Footsteps and Living History Apprentice Programs (5 days)
** Alumni campers receive a $25 discount
** Additional $10 discount for anyone who registers and pays in full by March 31, 2014 (for alumni campers, this can mean a $35 discount!).
Returning campers will be allowed to pay the 2012 fees - a savings of $25!
Junior Interpreter Program (4 days)
Registration: 2014 Camp Registration Forms will be available online in February 2014
Questions - If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us via e-mail at PioneerCamp@ic.edu or via phone at 217-245-3013. This number is for the Illinois College Registrar's office, which is handling registration this year. They will forward any specific messages to camp staff. Thank you for your interest in the Pioneer Life Camp programs!
Lincoln's New Salem
State Historic Site
15588 History Lane
Petersburg, Illinois 62675