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Illinois Humanities Grantee Spotlight with: Betsy Brown of the General John A. Logan Museum

PROJECT NAME:

Junior Docent Camp (approved December 2019)

LOCATION:

Murphysboro, IL

ORGANIZATION:

Betsy Brown
Betsy Brown Board member and Education Programs Coordinator
at the General John A. Logan Museum

The General John A. Logan Museum is located in Logan’s hometown of Murphysboro, population 7,500, eight miles west of Carbondale. Established in 1989, it occupies a large nineteenth-century house and owns many of the adjacent properties and buildings. Its exhibitions and programs explore Logan’s life and career, the region’s role in and experience of the Civil War, and many other facets of life in nineteenth-century southern Illinois. John A. Logan represented much of southern Illinois in Congress when the Civil War began. His support for the Union cause grew more fervent over the course of the war. He is the namesake of Logan Square in Chicago and Logan Circle in Washington, DC.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The General John A. Logan Museum plans to hold a week-long day camp in July for students entering eighth through twelfth grades who are interested in becoming junior docents at the museum. It will include opportunities to learn about site interpretation, historical and archaeological research, artisanal skills such as spinning and weaving, and nineteenth-century games. The camp is intended to develop a pool of young volunteers who can conduct activities at the museum. It also aims to teach them knowledge and skills that they can apply in other contexts within the community and beyond.

Learn more about the project and upcoming events, including a Q&A session with Museum Board member and Education Programs Coordinator, Betsy Brown!

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