March , 2019

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Springfield, IL – Imagine being a fifth through eighth grade teacher, opening a trunk, and having that day’s lesson about the Civil War era brought to life for your students by what’s inside.  That’s the purpose of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s (ALPLM) Lincoln Legacy Learning Kits which are available free of charge to teachers or school libraries through the Inter-Library Loan System.
The kits, which are contained inside an easily transportable wheeled tote, each contain lesson plans and student activities, digitized primary source materials, laminated images and primary documents, reproduction artifacts, period music and clothing, and books associated with the topic.  The four different kits are:  Civil War Soldier, Slavery in Illinois, Mary Lincoln, and Abraham Lincoln Biography.
The ALPLM Education Division developed each kit, and teachers who have used them in Illinois classrooms have reported great success.  The kits address the need for integrated curriculum by combining social studies topics with language arts, reading, writing, fine arts, mathematics, geography, and science.
The kits showcase documents and artifacts from the ALPLM’s collections and those of Lincoln historic sites across Illinois.  Although more than 70,000 students per year visit the ALPLM and Springfield area Lincoln sites, the Lincoln Legacy Learning Kits can reach thousands more students who may not have the opportunity to visit these sites on a school sponsored tour. 
For more information visit http://www.alplm.org/education/lincoln_legacy.html or contact Maureen Horstman at maureen.horstman@illinois.gov.
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