Vincennes State Historic Site

for educators

Frontier Indiana

Vincennes is the place to learn about Indiana’s beginning. See where Chief Tecumseh walked and the first governor of the Indiana Territory and ninth president of the United States lived and worked. Learn about the troops who mustered for the Battle of Tippecanoe, and discover the laws passed that still affect Indiana residents today. Plus, see where the first free press in Indiana was born.


Indiana Statehood

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Vincennes State Historic Sites, 1 W, Harrison Street, Vincennes, IN, USA

School Group Tours

K-Grade 12

Fee: Admission is FREE for pre-registered, accredited schools or homeschool groups of 10 or more K-12 students. Free admission includes teachers and bus drivers, plus one additional adult chaperone per every five students. Additional chaperones pay the group admission rate of $4/person. Members of the Indiana Association of Homeschool Educators receive free daily admission with proof of membership.

Contact site for non-Indiana student rate.

Pre-registration required at least two weeks in advance.

Vincennes State Historic Site

The school group tour includes a guided tour of the Jefferson Academy, Territory Capitol Building and Elihu Stout Print Shop. Students will discover the early years of Vincennes and Indiana by learning about early education at the Jefferson Academy, the beginnings of Indiana law at the Territory Capitol Building and the art of printing at the Elihu Stout Print Shop.

Indiana Academic Standards: Social Studies K.1.1; K.1.2; K.1.3; 1.1.1; 1.1.3; 1.1.6; 1.1.8; 1.2.1; 1.2.2; 1.2.3; 2.1.1; 2.1.2; 2.1.3; 3.1.1; 3.1.2; 3.1.3; 3.1.4; 3.1.8; 3.2.3; 3.2.4; 4.1.2; 4.1.3; 4.1.4; 5.1.6; 5.2.7; 5.2.9; 5.4.1; 6.E.1; 8.H.1; 8.H.2; 8.H.3; 8.H.14; 8.E.1

Explore Programs

Whether it’s at the site, outreach or virtual, we offer hands-on, exploratory and interactive programs on a variety of topics that provide your students a fun way to learn about Indiana’s people, places and things. All programs fulfill select Indiana Academic Standards. See next page for topics.


Length: 45-60 minutes
Max. number of students: 25
Cost: $4/student
Travel fees: 30-60 miles=$20; 60-90 miles=$40; 90+ miles=$60


Length: 45-60 minutes
Cost: $75/class

Email [email protected] to schedule program.

Vincennes State Historic Site


K-Grade 2
At site, outreach, virtual

Students will explore everyday life in the early 1800s through puppetry. Activities include singing, games, chores and other everyday routines for a child in the early 1800s. Themes include how life is different and the same today, jobs in the community back then and how each person—a teacher, a printer, a farmer—contributed to the community.

Indiana Academic Standards: Social Studies: K.1.1, K.1.3, K.3.6, 1.1.1, 1.1.3, 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3



Grade 4
At site, outreach

Get your class all charged up about electricity! In 1800, “electrostatic generators” were used in Vincennes for experiments and parlor amusements. Your science class will learn the hair-raising facts about a force they take for granted every day.

Indiana Academic Standards: Science: 4-PS3-4, 4-PS4-3

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