Byron Museum of History & Lucius Read House

Learn about Byron’s rich history, from industrialization and the Civil War to its place in the mid-20th century. Take a look at the story of Henry “Box” Brown and his journey on the Underground Railroad, and visit the 1840s Lucius Read House, to learn about the house’s role as a hiding place for runaway slaves on the way to freedom. Groups can also see an excavated outhouse, antique household items, Civil War artifacts, and learn about the farming and railroad industries. Study guides, history questions, and scavenger hunts available to school and scout groups.
Contact Info 
Address: 110 North Union Street, Byron, IL 61010. Ogle County. Tel: 815-234-5031. Email: Website: Hrs: Wed.-Sat. 10AM-3PM, January by appointment.
Trip Info 
Grade Level: 3rd-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Free.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.