Voices of the Past: The Underground Railroad Virtual Field Trip

8th Grade/Middle School 

What to Expect

The Underground Railroad digital field trip experience will take students through our historic grounds and houses to learn about different viewpoints represented in  northern Illinois in the years leading up to the Civil War.  Student learning outcomes include: 

  • Describe Illinois’ significant and unique role in the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery activity 
  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources to gather historical evidence 
  • Practice historical thinking, including chronological understanding, historical analysis and interpretation, and evaluating the factors in historical decision-making  
  • Describe the roles of political and social organizations in reflecting and shaping opinions 
  • Form an understanding of various perspectives and positions on enslavement found in Illinois and in the United States in the years leading to the Civil War  
  • Appreciate the agency and leadership of Black abolitionists, Freedom Seekers, and Underground Railroad supporters 
  • Explain complex interactions of cause and effect between people, places, organizations, and events

LIVE  Sessions: 
Synchronous learning sessions include real-time facilitation by our museum educator team. 

ON YOUR OWN Sessions:  
Asynchronous learning sessions include teacher and student led discovery of history through videos, virtual images with interactive pop-ups to explore buildings and artifacts, activities, and see primary documents and objects out of the Naper Settlement archive.  


To embark on the field trip, students and teachers will need access to the internet and a computer that has audio and video capabilities. Naper Settlement uses Google Classroom, Canvas, and Zoom as the platforms for our virtual field trip programs.

Ready to Book?

Please click here to register your classroom or group
For questions, please contact grouptours@naperville.il.us or 630.420.6010.

Book Your Virtual Field Trip!
Cost $175 per class


For questions, please call 630.420.6010 or email


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Funding for this project was generously provided by the DuPage Foundation

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