The Prairie Mills
Windmill

Golden, Illinois

Windmill Education Program

The Golden Historical Society invites your class to hear the story of the families who immigrated from East Friesia, Germany to Golden in the mid-19th century and learn about the windmill that was so important to the economic development of the area.

 

The program can adjust to your educational needs and grade level.  Specific topics focus on local history between 1850 and 1930, with emphasis on windmill operation, immigration from Germany to the Golden area and how the Civil War and Industrial Revolution affected the mill.  More advanced students at the high school level also discuss math and physics topics related to the mill design.  Each visit typically lasts two to three hours.

 

Interpretive guides in period clothing provide an age-appropriate program that includes hands-on experience in the following areas:

 

   l.  THE STORY OF GOLDEN’S BEGINNINGS

 

      a.  “Oma’s Story: Where We Came From and Why”

      b.  Adventures in our past

      c.  Museum-artifacts from our beginnings

 

   2.  DAILY LIFE FOR A CHILD IN GOLDEN

 

      a.  Food and clothing

      b.  School, work and play

      c.  Religious practices and language

 

   3.  THE PRAIRIE MILLS WINDMILL

 

      a.  Physical structure

      b.  Mill operation and the milling process

      c.  Math/physics related to the mill design

Space is available for classes to eat a bag lunch.  Time and weather permitting, classes may also eat lunch and use the playground at the Golden park.

 

The admission fee is $3.00 for each adult and $1.00 for each student.  Teachers and bus drivers are admitted free.  Grant funds may be available to assist with transportation costs.

 

Prior to your visit, we will provide a video and other materials containing background information and suggestions for in-class activities.  The written material may be copied for classroom use.

 

Contact Marlene Ihnen at 217-696-2339 or by e-mail for questions or to schedule a field trip.

 

 

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