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Lincoln Log Cabin
402 S. Lincoln Highway Road
Lerna, Il 62440
Education Programs

Lincoln Log Cabin offers education programs geared toward all ages. Our most popular programs are the Fifth Grade Live-In Program, the Summer Youth Interpreters Program, Pioneer Day Camp, and our Traveling Educational Kits.

2021 Summer Programs

The Young Adult interpreters Program offers an opportunity for 13-16 year-olds to participate in the interpretive program on the farm. Participants engage in daily chores, such as cooking, gardening, splitting rails, mucking barns, and wheat harvesting. Period crafts and games provide an afternoon break from the day-to-day activities required to maintain a period farm. The program will begin in June 7 and go to July 31, participants attend one day a week Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Registration is $75 per child and includes a noon meal and t-shirt.


Pioneer Day Camp offers children ages 8-12 the chance to enjoy age--appropriate educational and recreational activities such as historical interpretation, hands-on demonstrations, crafts, and games – all based on the 1840s time period and using tools and techniques of that time. Each camp will have a maximum of 10 participants to ensure individualized attention and learning opportunities, and to comply with COVID-19 precautions. Registration includes t-shirt, water bottle, and noon meals. At this time please register for one week of camp per child, if subsequent sessions allow for additional campers we will let you know. Click in the session below to register.

At this time we are only accepting one session per child, please register for just one session. We will notify you if subsequent sessions have room for more campers at a later date. Thank you.

Session I, June 15-19- Trailblazers I: Our sessions this year will offer the experiences you've come to know and love in previous years. Activities will include food preparation, arts and crafts, and historical games.
Session II, June 29-July 3- Traiblazers II
Session III, July 13- 17 - Trailblazers III
Session IV, July 27-31 Trailblazers IV
Registration is $75 per child per session.

Camp Handbook

We will be implementing precautions and restrictions this year due to COVID-19.
We will meet all campers and Young Adult Interpreters under the covered portico at the front of the Visitor Center and head out for the farm from there. In order to maintain sanitation needs, we will only be using the upstairs bathrooms, which are cleaned daily, and avoiding spending time in the visitor center as much as possible. The basement will be staff only. Both camp and YAI programs will have specific hand washing stations as well as hand sanitizer. If your child feels at all unwell, please have them stay home.
CAMP CHANGES: Rather than having our summer campers dress, we will be providing t-shirts for campers to wear and wash daily. We will also be providing water bottles for each camper to use though out the duration of the camp. Campers must wear jeans and closed toed shoes as we will be around fires. We will be cooking a noon meal daily. If you are not comfortable with your child eating this meal, please send them with a sack lunch to enjoy outside. There is no refrigeration or microwave available. We will be practicing social distancing and will be enjoying our day entirely out on the historic farm. Please send a mask with your child in order to be fully prepared should we need them. Our Saturday family program will be held in the auditorium following social distancing guidelines. Desserts will be packaged “to-go” to take home and share.
YOUNG ADULT INTERPRETERS PROGRAM: Young Adult Interpreters will still dress, but are requested to take home and wash their outfit each week. Young Adult Interpreters must arrive dressed and ready to go. There will not be a place to change into period clothing. You will need to schedule a time to get clothing prior to June 6th. Young Adult Interpreters will need to practice responsibility and social distancing as well. Masks are still required. If you are not comfortable having your YAI eat a noon meal cooked on the farm, please send a sack lunch to be enjoyed outside. There is no refrigeration or microwave available.

All Year Programs

The Fifth Grade Program enables students to be transported back in time to the year 1845. The girls wear dresses and aprons while the boys don 1840s shirts. They go about their day performing duties and chores typical on an 1840s farm. The girls prepare the meal while the boys muck barns, tend to crops, and saw wood. These class visits are scheduled in the months of September, October, April and May; teachers need to contact the site to schedule their class visit by e-mailing

Traveling Educational Kits are available for teachers to borrow for classroom use. These lesson plans and teacher resources were created to accompany the four Lincoln’s Legacy Learning Kits developed by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Education Division to mark the bicentennial celebration of Lincoln’s birth. The kits contain multiple copies of age appropriate books, reproduction documents, artifacts and photos, music CDs, and videos. Lincoln’s Legacy Learning Kits include: the “Abraham Lincoln Biography Kit” the “Mary Lincoln Kit;” a “Civil War Soldier Kit;” and “Slavery in Illinois Kit.” These self-contained kits are designed for use in grades 5 through 8 but can be adapted to suit both older and younger students. Each kit contains the “Lincoln’s Legacy Lesson Plans and Teacher Resource Guide CD (including lesson plans and activities), primary source material (including images, documents, newspapers, reproduction artifacts, etc.), music, videos and other items. Please see the lesson plans in the menu on the right. Call or e-mail to reserve and receive further details on these exciting new educational materials, 217.345.1845, ext. 4 or


Resources for Educators
Fifth-grade teachers will want to download this lesson plan to be used in conjunction with their class visit. Please click here to download a pdf document.

Please click on the subject title to access the lesson plans for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum educational kits. All of the lesson plans are also included on a CD in each kit. Please read the Library's introduction and information on copyright issues here.
Lincoln's Legacy Lesson Plans

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