A Lot To See and Do!
What was it like to be a kid in the 1800s? Join us for a day and find out. From the one-room school house to the games they played, you'll be able to be a 19th century kid at Lincoln's New Salem.

Teachers and Students
Planning a class trip to Lincoln's New Salem? Enhance your visit with our online classroom materials. These worksheets are designed to help students get the most from their visit and assist teachers in bringing the New Salem experience into the classroom. Using the links below
you can download the Lincoln's New Salem Classroom Worksheets before your visit.

The files below are in PDF format and require to the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print. Please select the appropriate link and you can save the file to your hard drive for printing. New materials will be added throughout the year, so please be sure to check back before each visit!

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 and going to "Group Tours" and choosing the "School/Youth tour" option for a Reservation Form or to make Reservations online.

All Grades General Information on Buildings Handout
All Grades Onstot Residence and Cooper Shop Handout
All Grades Samuel Hill Residence and Store Handout
All Grades Trent Brothers Residence Handout
All Grades William Clary's Store Handout
All Grades Dr. John Allen Residence Handout
All Grades First Berry-Lincoln Store Handout
All Grades The Carding Mill Handout
All Grades Schoolhouse and Church Handout
All Grades The Rutledge Tavern Handout
Grades 7-8 Activity Sheet For Teachers
6th Grade Activity Sheet 2 For Teachers
6th Grade Activity Sheet For Teachers
6th Grade Fill in the Blank Activity & Answer Sheet
Grades 6-8 General Worksheets | Answer Sheets
5th Grade Activity Sheet For Teachers
5th Grade Match the Trades Activity Sheet
Grades 3-5 General Worksheets | Answer Sheets

Summer Programs 2018
When you visit New Salem do you wish that you could step back in time and experience life as it was in the 1830s? Then check out these opportunities offered at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site through a partnership with Illinois College!

4th-6th Graders:   Walking in Lincoln’s Footsteps
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Tuesday – Saturday )
Transportation Options: Springfield (see below for details on time/locations)


  • Explore life at New Salem in the 1830s – visit tradesmen like the blacksmith, cooper, cobbler and doctor; stop by various homes and experience everyday life activities like carding, spinning and weaving.
  • Learn period skills like candle-dipping, quilting, metal tinning, baking, toy-making, spool-knitting (crafts vary each year)
  • Discover what Abraham Lincoln did during his six years living at New Salem
  • Engage in 1830s fun and recreation – Townball (an early version of baseball), hoop-rolling, graces, stilt-walking
  • Attend class in a one-room schoolhouse
  • Dress in period attire on the final camp day and spend the whole day in the village portraying the life of children in the 1830s to the visiting public
  • Parent Program at the end of the final day – see Handbook for details

7th-10th Graders:   Living History Apprentice Program
Hours:   9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Tuesday – Saturday )
Transportation Options: Springfield (see below for details on time/locations)


  • Learn the history of New Salem and the story of Abraham Lincoln’s six years spent living there.
  • Develop the communication skills necessary to share the history of New Salem and Abraham Lincoln to people who visit the historic site.
  • Spend Wednesday-Saturday dressed in period attire; part of each day participants are placed in the historical homes or businesses with a seasoned historical interpreter who guides them in interacting with the visiting public.
  • Learn period skills – for females this may be quilting, embroidery or knitting; for males this may be leather work, blacksmithing, coopering or wood work (skills taught vary each year)
  • Engage in 1830s fun and recreation – Townball (an early version of baseball), hoop-rolling, graces, stilt-walking.  
  • Make new friends with other youth who share a love of historical re-enacting!
  • Parent Program at the end of the final day – see Handbook for details

Mission of the Pioneer Life Day Camp programs - Illinois College and Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site partnered together in 1999 to provide a safe, friendly and productive environment where youth can attain knowledge regarding New Salem, its residents and the effect they had on Abraham Lincoln during his six years of transition from aimless drifter to lawyer and statesman. We also want youth to experience the persistence and determination that was necessary to sustain life at New Salem in the 1830s, skills that will allow them to achieve success throughout their own lives

Junior Interpreter Program - Youth who have attended a Living History Apprentice Camp session and are turning 16 years of age during the calendar year are invited to attend an orientation session in order to become active volunteer interpreter 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 this program.

2018 Session Dates

June 19 - 23, 2018   (Tuesday – Saturday) Van transportation from Springfield

July 17 - 21, 2018   (Tuesday – Saturday) Van transportation from Springfield

RETURN VAN SERVICE IS NOT PROVIDED at the end of the final day of camp (Saturday). Parents are invited to attend the closing camp activities - additional information is provided in the camp handbook.

Springfield pickup: White Oaks Mall (upper level, near Auxiliary Police )
8:30 A.M. Pick-Up 5:00 P.M. Drop-Off

Program fees for 2018 will be as follows :
$230 with van service from Springfield or Jacksonville
$200 without van service


  • $25 discount available for alumni campers, campers with parents who are faculty or staff at Illinois College, campers with parents/grandparents who are members of the New Salem Lincoln League
  • $10 discount for early registration (4/1/2018) with full registration fee
  • $10 sibling discount; first registration is full cost, additional children registered receive discount

Registration Instructions

  1. Click on this link to complete an online registration form for each child you are registering.
    If you wish to have a paper copy of this form for your records, print the completed form before clicking on the “submit” button.
  2. Download and print the registration payment form and liability release forms at the link below.   You may use one set of forms to register multiple campers.

    Registration payment form and liability release forms

    Mail these forms with payment to:


*ALL CAMPERS must have the van release form signed by a parent or guardian.   This is not just for campers who are being picked up in Springfield or Jacksonville.   We occasionally use the vans during the camp session to transport campers to various locations.

Registration is not complete until the Payment/Release forms with either the $35 deposit per camper or entire camp fee is received .  

Checks should be made payable to ILLINOIS COLLEGE.

Registrations are reserved on a first come, first served basis.  

  • Only twelve spots in each Living History Apprentice session
  • Only twenty spots in each Walking in Lincoln’s Footsteps session

Camp fees must be paid in full by June 1, 2018 or you will risk losing your reserved spot in the camp.

Cancellation Policy -. If your child will be unable to participate, we will make a full refund up until two weeks prior to the start date of the session being attended. Exceptions to this may be made in the case of a family death or medical emergency.

Questions - If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us via e-mail at or via phone at 217-245-3276. This number is for the Illinois College Special Events office, which handles registration.   They will forward any specific messages not related to registration to camp staff. Thank you for your interest in the Pioneer Life Camp programs!

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Lincoln's New Salem
State Historic Site
15588 History Lane
Petersburg, Illinois 62675