Field Trips

  • A Half-Day at Hull House:

    Sponsored by the Rural Gender Issues Interest Group and the Community Research and Interest Group

    This pre-conference event is scheduled for 10:00am to 2:00pm on Thursday, July 26 and will consist of a guided tour of the Hull House Museum, a facilitated discussion, a catered lunch, and a visit to the museum’s sustainable urban farm. This field trip fits perfectly with the Local Solutions to Inequality theme of this the 75th Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society.

    Hull House was based on a number of basic principles:

    • Live in the community as an equal participant in the local issues of the day.  The settlement concept was central to the success of the Hull-House community, and the practice of neighbors helping neighbors became a cornerstone of the Hull House philosophy.
    • Believe in the fundamental dignity of all individuals and accord every person with equal respect regardless of their ethnic origins, gender, age…
    • Believe that poverty and lack of opportunity breed the problems of the ghetto.  Ignorance, disease, and crime are the result of economic desperation and not the result of some flaw of moral character.


    Though the Jane Addams Hull House Association closed last year the Hull House Museum preserves the legacy of Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr’s original settlement home in Chicago.

    Registration is limited to 35 participants. We will begin boarding the bus at 9:30am and return to the Palmer House at 2:30pm.  PLEASE NOTE: The museum is only handicapper accessible on the 1st Floor and the urban farm is located two blocks from the museum.  Lunch will provide a vegetarian option. But please notify Cynthia Struthers if you require special accommodation 309.298.2282 or

    Fee $35.00 and includes: A donation to the museum, lunch, and transportation to and from the Palmer House. The museum is located at 800 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607 Telephone 312.413.5353.

    Building Sustainable Community – A Visit to Prairie Crossing

    Thursday, July 26

    Sponsored by the Natural Resources Interest Group and the Applied and Extension Interest Group

    Enjoy a day at Prairie Crossing, a conservation community in Grayslake, Illinois, just northwest of Chicago.  Prairie Crossing is a national example of sustainable community design which includes over 350 energy-efficient homes, an elementary school, community center, certified organic farm, lakes, beach, and restored prairie and wetland areas.  It has been developed to encourage a sense of place, demonstrate environmentally-responsible planning, and restore the native ecology.

    The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a walk to Union Station (about ¾ mile from the Palmer House) where we will take the regional Metra train on a one-hour trip to Prairie Crossing.  There will be a guided tour of the community, an opportunity to explore the grounds, and lunch with local speakers.  After lunch, participants may return early by train or hike in the nearby Oak Openings, a native Midwestern prairie area.  We will be back by approximately 4:30 p.m.

    Registration is limited to 30 participants. The fee of $25 includes train fare, cost of tour, snacks, and lunch.  A vegetarian option will be available.  Please notify Kristi Lekies if you require special accommodation at 614-688-3537 or