ILLINOIS STATE CHAPTER

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Research Projects

  • Assisting landowners to get sites along the Trail certified
  • Collecting GPS coordinates along the original route for the National Park Service to more accurately mark the Trail
  • Researching and marking the Water Route along the Illinois bank of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers
  • Periodically, offering guided bus tours of the trail segments and sites in Illinois
  • Working with Illinois Department of Transportation to improve interpretive signage and design displays/waysides along the Auto Trail Route
  • Working with local county highway departments to install “Original Route” signage along the Trail
  • Developing a K-12 Trails of Tears curriculum that meets state standards for use in local schools
  • Incorporating the Trail of Tears into the 2018 Illinois Bicentennial celebration
  • Identifying and researching possible witness buildings in southern Illinois