K-12 Educators

Reenactment Days

World War II Hands-On History

World War II Days

Friday, September 22, 2017 –
9:30 am – 2 pm
Grades: 3rd through 12th

This educational event takes place on the Friday before the popular WWII Days event at Midway Village.

Students will be able to take a self-guided tour of some of the highlights of the weekend as the reenactors are setting up in the Village and the camps in the woods. Illinois State Standards*: 4A, 5B, 14D&E, 16A. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards* 1,2, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 10.

Students will be able to:

  • Meet and talk with soldiers from the Allied and Axis sides of the war in their campsites
  • Tour behind the lines operations in an authentic German headquarters
  • Learn about homefront activities that aided the war
  • Learn about the types of vehicles used during the war
  • And more!

Cost is $7 per student and $1 per adult chaperon.

*Standards addressed may vary slightly, depending on the sites you choose to visit*

Please download the reservation form, and return it to us or fax it to 815-397-9156. Follow this link for the downloadable reservation form WWII School Day Registration Form.

Please contact us at 815 397-9112, ext. 104 with any questions.


The Great War: World War I Hands-On History

World War I - Hands-on History

2018 Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
9:30 am – 2 pm
Grades: 3rd through 12th

This educational event takes place on the Friday before the new Great War (World War One) event at Midway Village. Students will walk near encampments, talk to the reenactors about life as a soldier during The Great War, tour a WW1 replica trench and learn about the various military strategies. Illinois State Standards*: 4A, 5B, 14D&E, 16A. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards* 1,2, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 10.

As the reenactors prepare for the weekend event, students will get an up close experience. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Cost is $7 per student and $1 per adult chaperon.

You can download a short PDF covering the causes of the war here:

Please download the reservation form, and return it to us or fax it to 815-397-9156. Click here to download the reservation form wwi_school_reservation_form_2017.

Please contact us at 815 397-9112, ext. 104 with any questions.


Civil War Hands-On History

Civil War Hands-On History

9:30 am – 2 pm each day
Grades: 3rd through 12th

2018 Dates:
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - SOLD OUT
Friday, May 4, 2018 - SOLD OUT

This award-winning educational event is specially designed to meet the curriculum standards for students in grades 5th through 8th. Midway Village Museum’s campus makes this an exceptional field trip destination with more than 25 historic buildings and from 40 to 50 different living history sites offered each day. Groups will visit the sites that they choose. Illinois State Standards*: 4A, 5B, 14D&F, 16A&B. National Social Studies Curriculum Standards* 1,2, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 10.

The program is open to public, private or home schools from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. In 2013, approximately 4,500 students participated in this program, but space is limited and advance registration is required.

You can download a packet of suggested pre-, during- and post-lessons and activities here. The file is divided into two parts to help with the download:

Examples of sites that students can visit:

  • Meet famous people – President & Mrs. Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Clara Barton, General U. S. Grant and many others
  • Experience being a soldier, including marching and drilling
  • Learn Civil War era artillery drills
  • Talk to soldiers from both the North and the South
  • Learn about lady’s fashion of the 1860s
  • Square dance in a barn hayloft
  • Sing along to popular music of the times
  • Visit the 1850s Barn to learn about the Underground Railroad
  • Experience school lessons in a one room schoolhouse
  • Learn about the art of blacksmithing
  • Meet lady spies for both the North and the South
  • Learn about Civil War doctors and medicine
  • Meet women soldiers

Cost is $7 per student and $1 per adult chaperon.

Please download the reservation form, and return it to us or fax it to 815-397-9156. Click on the link to download the 2018 Civil War Registration Form.

Please contact us at 815 397-9112, ext. 104 with any questions.