K-12 Educators

Reenactment Days

World War II Hands-On History

World War II Days

World War II Days school day field trip cancelled, public special event September 18-19, 2021.

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. 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 $8 per student and $2 per educator.

*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.

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

Civil War Hands-On History 2021

Frederick Douglass - Civil War Hands-On History
Headliner presentations available include Frederick Douglass (pictured),
Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, and the Underground Railroad.

Civil War Hands-on History Days school day field trip cancelled for 2021, tentative May 3-6, 2022.

Grades: 3rd through 12th

Cost is $7 per student; 1 complimentary chaperone for 10 paid students (ex. 100 students = 10 complimentary chaperones); additional adults cost $7.

This award-winning educational event is specially designed to meet the curriculum standards for students in grades 5th through High School. Midway Village Museum’s campus makes this an exceptional field trip destination with more than 25 historic buildings and from 30 to 40 different living history sites offered each day. Groups will visit the sites that they choose.

National Social Studies Curriculum Standards* 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 10.

Illinois State Standards

The program is open to public, private or home schools from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. In 2018, more than 6,000 students participated in this program. Space is limited and advance registration and payment 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; 1 complimentary chaperone for 10 paid students (ex. 100 students = 10 complimentary chaperones); additional adults $7.

Questions? Please contact our Museum Educator, Caitlin Treece, at 815-397-9112, ext. 106 or email her at caitlin.treece@midwayvillage.com.