- The National Park Service has launched a new website devoted to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War: http://www.nps.gov/civilwar150. This site features a comprehensive calendar of events at more than 70 national parks and partner sites, as well as essays, web links, and daily Tweets from a fictional Civil War-era reporter.
- Fascinating National Park Service Online Exhibits
- Ken Burns’ epic, The Civil War, is available on DVD from the Library. A companion PBS website provides maps, brief biographies of key players, historical documents, and a fact sheet. http://www.pbs.org/civilwar/war/
- The Smithsonian has created several online Civil War exhibits
- The Civil War Discovery Trail is administered by the Civil War Preservation Trust and provides links to over 600 sites, including 20 in Illinois.
- The National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment site includes three lesson plans and background information under the heading Civil War: A “Terrible Swift Sword.” http://edsitement.neh.gov/curriculum-unit/american-civil-war-terrible-swift-sword
- Learn more about the Civil War era by going back to the original source documents, including the lyrics to Julia Ward Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic, Harper’s Weekly editorial on Emancipation, and Abraham Lincoln’s famous House Divided speech. http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?category=2
- The Library of Congress has provided online access to its Civil War Prints and Photographs
Collection, with about 7,000 different views and portraits made during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and its immediate aftermath.
- The American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia warehouses a vast collection of artifacts, manuscripts, and photographs from the Civil War. https://acwm.org/. It includes an encrypted message in a bottle sent to a confederate general that took 147 years to decipher.
- The Chicago Historical Society provides a brief summary of the impact of the Civil War on the city. http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/2379.html
- The Illinois Humanities Council has created the Illinois Civil War Sesquicentennial website where you will find a statewide calendar of events related to the Sesquicentennial, a timeline of Illinois and the Civil War, images and artifacts of the era, downloadable PDFs of Civil War-related articles and educational materials, suggestions for further reading on topics throughout the site, and feature articles.
- Northern Illinois University has collected a wealth of primary source material and articles written by Drew E. VandeCreek, Ph.D about the role Illinois played in the Civil War. http://civilwar.lib.niu.edu/warcame
- The Lake County Discovery Museum has put together several activities, including Civil War encampment, reenactments, and demonstrations slated for July 9 – 10, and an exhibit highlighting the technologies that influenced the war.
Don’t forget, the Library has 4 passes (admits 2) each week that provide free entry to the museum through the Museum Adventure Pass program. Visit the Youth Services Desk for details and restrictions.
- The Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook was a stop on the Underground Railroad. A Civil War encampment is scheduled for September. This museum also participates in the Museum Adventure Pass program. Visit the Youth Services Desk for details and restrictions.