Virtual Educator Resources


General Information: The Elmhurst History Museum offers a number of different virtual options for teachers including online live and pre-recorded programs and downloadable resources. 

    Virtual programs are FREE for Illinois schoolchildren and homeschool groups. 

    Programs are appropriate for 2nd - 5th grades. 

    Reservations for live programs must be booked at least two weeks in advance. 

    To book a program and gain access to online resources contact Jessie Wandersee, Supervisor of Education Services, via e-mail at


Kidstory: During this live 40-minute, artifact-based virtual program led by a museum educator, students will compare and contrast life in the early 20th-century with their own through everyday objects and historic photographs. Wildly popular in the spring, students will also receive a lesson on a typical farm chore they can try at home, butter making. 

Virtual Tour of the Churchville Schoolhouse: Students can take a virtual 30-minute pre-recorded tour of the historic Churchville Schoolhouse led by the Schoolmarm and learn what a school day was like for a child in 1910. As a bonus, teachers will receive PDFs of authentic reading, writing and arithmetic lessons they can share with their students. A follow-up live video meet with the Schoolmarm is available for additional questions and engagement with an advance reservation. 

History of Elmhurst Slide Presentation: This downloadable presentation explores the history of Elmhurst from its days as a Potawatomi settlement through today. Teachers can book a follow-up live session with an Elmhurst History Museum staff member for further questions and discussion. Available in Google Slides or PowerPoint formats.


"I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for doing the virtual field trip. It was FANTASTIC! The kids really loved it and enjoyed getting to learn what school would have been like. I appreciate you taking time to meet with us." -- Elizabeth Kawa, Emerson School, Elmhurst (Spring 2020)