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In-School Programs

Presentations are designed for specific grade levels or toward a particular classroom's interest.

Native Americans
Learn all about the Native Americans who lived in McHenry County. A McHenry County Historical Society staff member will talk to your class about actual Native American artifacts. We discuss their day-to-day lives, what their homes were like, and their diet. Run Time: 45 Minutes, Grades: 1st-5th, Price: $2 per student *

McHenry Now and Then
Have you ever wondered what children were doing in McHenry County over 100 years ago? With this fun program, you'll learn about children's lives in the late 1800s. What they did for fun, what school was like, and even what chores they had to do. A staff member from the McHenry County Historical Society will come in to teach your class and let your students see artifacts over 100 years old! Students ask questions and see photos to truly understand how different life was back then and how in many ways was the same! Run Time: 45 Minutes, Grades: 1st-3rd, Price: $2 per student *

Pioneer Life
Learn all about the lives of pioneer children from a staff member from the McHenry County Historical Society. In this program, we'll discuss the challenges pioneers face, along with what chores had to be done, schooling, and what they did for fun! In addition, students will get to see photos and pioneer-inspired toys.
Run Time: 45 Minutes, Grades: 1st-3rd, Price: $2 per student *

Educational Videos

A 40-minute video titled "The History of McHenry County" is available through your local library or the regional school superintendent's office in Woodstock. It and a DVD on McHenry County barns also may be borrowed from the historical society.

Historical Field Trips about Northeast McHenry County

The self-guided Historical Field Trips for Northeast McHenry County are perfect for families, groups, and individuals who want to learn more about the rich history of their county!

Historical Field Trips are available for:

  • Richmond
  • Spring Grove
  • Wonder Lake
  • Ringwood
  • McCullom Lake
  • McHenry
  • Johnsburg

They are clear and easy to follow! In addition, they include addresses and historical information for each of the exciting stops along the route.

How to get a copy of the Historical Field Trips?

Visit McHenry County Historical Field Trips

Educational Resources

If you are interested in the Activity Kits but are not local to the area, please email a request to receive the kit digitally.


Historical Field Trips of Northeast McHenry County


Maps Available HERE!


Food History at Home

Episode 5: Memories of Family, Friends and Food with Jan Bosman

Food History at Home

Episode 4: Fermentation and Canning

Food History at Home

Episode 3: Bread

Food History at Home

Episode 2: Cookies

Food History at Home 

Episode 1: Butter


Museum Highlights Episode 1: 

"The Fight for Illinois Suffrage"

Museum Highlights Episode 2: 

"Riding the Rails"

Museum Highlights Episode 3: 

"Call to Arms"

Museum Highlights Episode 4:

The West Harmony School

Museum Highlights Episode 5:

Holidays in the Pioneer Cabin