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Virtual Museum Field Trips

Virtual field trips educate young people on the history and lessons of the Holocaust and genocide, as well as broader topics of social justice and civic engagement. Pre and post-visit activity aid educators in extending students’ learning and fostering meaningful learning experiences.

Group size: Limited only by your technology capacity
Times Offered: Asynchronous tours available at any time. Synchronous tours are available, based on docent availability. Synchronous tours require a three week notice, for staffing purposes.
Tour Length: Virtual tours are approximately 45 minutes with an optional live Q&A with a docent for 15 minutes

All field trips listed below support Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts and Literacy in History Social Studies, Illinois Social Science Standards, and the C3 Framework for Social Studies.

Stand Up, Speak Out: Virtual Field Trip for Grades 3-4

Students will build social awareness and skills to demonstrate positive decision-making and responsible behaviors, allowing for a deeper understanding of how core values of respect, compassion, and citizenship can lead to success in school and in life.

Interactive activities empower students to take a personal stand for themselves and on behalf of others. Students will be motivated to take positive action in school, at home, in their neighborhood, and around the world.

This field trip helps students in the following areas:

  • Social awareness
  • Positive decision-making skills
  • Responsible behaviors
  • Core values of respect, compassion, and citizenship

This field trip allows flexibility for use within traditional, remote, and hybrid learning environments.

This field trip supports Illinois Priority Learning Standards for Social/Emotional Learning.

Make a Difference: Virtual Field Trip for Grades 5-6

Experiential technology, online interactives, and compelling stories of Holocaust Survivors encourage to students to explore their role in empowering and creating community through the lens of universal human and civil rights. Online activities may be completed individually, as a class, or a combination of the two. Options available within the field trip allow educators to focus on specific themes, including:

  • Social justice
  • Social/emotional learning
  • Contemporary upstanders
  • Age-appropriate introductory Holocaust education

This field trip allows flexibility for use within traditional, remote, and hybrid learning environments.

This field trip supports Illinois Priority Learning Standards for Social/Emotional Learning and the Illinois Civics Mandate for Middle School.

 

Mandela: Struggle for Freedom: Virtual Field Trip for Grades 6-12 & Undergraduates

Through a rich sensory experience of images, music, digital media and objects, our virtual field trip of Mandela: Struggle for Freedom traces the history of the fight against apartheid in South Africa, with Nelson Mandela as one of its central figures. Through the themes of apartheid, defiance, repression, mobilization and freedom, students will follow Mandela into hiding as he is declared an outlaw, through his imprisonment and bittersweet joy of his release after 27 long years. Students will be empowered by learning about South Africa’s first democratic elections, Mandela’s efforts to rebuild a nation shattered by racism and injustice, and even local Chicagoans who joined the struggle for freedom and equality.

This pre-recorded field trip includes a rich sensory experience of imagery, music, digital media and objects. There is an optional add-on live Q&A session with a Museum docent.

Available through October 16, 2021.

Shanghai: Safe Haven During the Holocaust: Virtual Field Trip for Grades 6-12 & Undergraduates
Heim on Chaoufoong Road. Hongkew, Shanghai, China. April 1946. Photo by Arthur Rothstein.

Shanghai: Safe Haven During the Holocaust sheds light on a lesser-known moment in Holocaust history. European Jews who had been shut out of country after country while trying to escape Nazi persecution found a beacon of hope in an unlikely place: Shanghai, China. In 1946, American photojournalist Arthur Rothstein began a project documenting the lives of Jewish refugees who now called Shanghai’s Hongkew District “home.”

Featuring a mix of Rothstein’s photographs and personal artifacts from local Holocaust Survivors who lived in the Shanghai ghetto, students will have the opportunity to delve deeper into this lesser-known moment of Holocaust history while also examining the enormous hardship and fierce perseverance of refugees and their families as they managed to not only survive, but thrive.

This pre-recorded field trip includes a rich sensory experience of imagery, music, digital media and objects. There is an optional add-on live Q&A session with a Museum docent.

Available July 15 -September 5, 2022

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement: Virtual Field Trip for Grades 6-12 & Undergraduates
Newseum

Through 85 powerful artifacts, images and historic print publications, this field trip explores key moments of gay rights history, including the 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk, one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials; the AIDS crisis; the efforts for hate crime legislation; the implementation and later repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”; and the fight for marriage equality.
Student’s will come away with a deeper understanding of popular culture’s role in influencing attitudes about the LGBTQ community through film, television and sports, and how the gay rights movement harnessed the five freedoms of the 1st Amendment to change laws and shatter stereotypes.

This field trip supports Illinois State Mandates for Teaching LGBTQ History and Civic Education.

This pre-recorded field trip includes a rich sensory experience of imagery, music, digital media and objects. There is an optional add-on live Q&A session with a Museum docent.

Available October 17, 2021 – May 8, 2022

In Our Voices: Virtual Field Trip for Grades 7-12 & Undergraduates

This virtual field trip is available in English or Spanish!

In Our Voices transforms history into lessons for today, inviting students to consider the power of choice, responsibility, citizenship, and human rights, with the goal of discovering what influences our decisions to act as bystanders or Upstanders.

Through guided exploration, students investigate the history of the Holocaust as told through the personal belongings, photographs, historical records, and stories of Chicagoland Survivors and eyewitnesses. Students are encouraged to use this knowledge to make connections to their world today. The field trip includes suggested pre and post-visit activities.

Virtual field trips include:

  • Pre-recorded exploration of the history of the Holocaust through artifacts and stories in the Zev & Shifra Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition
  • Tour divided into four segments, each with discussion prompts, reflection questions, and supplemental activities
  • Flexibility for use within in-person, remote, and hybrid learning environments
  • Optional virtual presentation by a member of the Speakers’ Bureau and/or a Q&A session with a Museum docent
Take a Stand: Virtual Field Trip for Grades 7-12 & Undergraduates

Empower students to connect with human and civil rights history and challenges today, gathering tools for civic engagement and positive action in their community and world. Explore Upstanders working to champion areas of economic opportunity, equal rights, safe communities, education and health, and the environment. Students will learn how to take action on issues that matter to them while exploring art as a form of activism, and will come away with tools and strategies to create positive change.

This field trip allows flexibility for use within traditional, remote, and hybrid learning environments.

This field trip supports the Illinois Civics Mandates for Middle and High Schools.

Children of the Holocaust – Thematic Tour: Virtual Field Trip for Grades 7-12 & Undergraduates

When World War II began, approximately 1.6 million Jewish children lived in Nazi-occupied Europe and the Soviet Union; by war’s end few had survived. Through the personal belongings, photographs, diaries, and eyewitness account of Survivors, explore the lives of Jewish children and adolescents – from the years leading up to the war, to the roundups and deportations, to hidden life and death in ghettos and concentration camps, and to liberation and coping following the war.

This is a live virtual experience, facilitated by a Museum docent.

Ghettoization During the Holocaust – Thematic Tour: Virtual Field Trip for Grades 7-12 & Undergraduates

Through the personal belongings, photographs, historical records, and stories of local Survivors and eyewitnesses, explore life behind ghetto walls in occupied-Europe and the Soviet Union. Students will discover how even in the darkness of the ghettos, with the most limited resources, many Jewish people maintained their dignity, education, culture, and hope in humanity.

This is a live virtual experience, facilitated by a Museum docent.

Nazi Propaganda: Fueling Hate and Genocide- Thematic Tour: Virtual Field Trip for Grades 7-12 & Undergraduates

This tour introduces students to the basic tools and techniques propagandists used in shaping their message. Through the historical lens of the Holocaust, viewed through primary sources, the tour illuminates how Nazi propaganda molded public opinion and indoctrinated German society with an ideology that fueled racism and hate; leading to the creation of government-sanctioned violence, and ultimately to the murder of an estimated 6 million Jews.

Photo credits: Scott Edwards

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