Camp History: Are you a Patriot or a Loyalist?

Calling all revolutionaries! Next week kids ages 11 – 13 will gather at the New-York Historical Society to delve into the characters of the American Revolution and create their own digital games in our week-long Camp History.We have a few spots left, so sign up while there’s still room! Email us at familyprograms@nyhistory.org The camp runs daily from Monday, August 19 through Thursday, August 22, from 9 am to 4 pm.

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William Bradford, Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advisor, October 31, 1765. New-York Historical Society Library

Kids will spend time in the galleries exploring the War of Independence and what it was like to live in New York in the late 1700s, and will learn game-programming techniques while developing their own digital apps. We’ll be joined by the amazing Pixel Academy for the game programming, and spend time with museum professionals from the New-York Historical Society to plan the game’s content. Kids will experience paper conservation and go behind the scenes to see objects and documents up-close, all led by curators, conservators, and historians.

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The game design will focus on choosing a character from the American Revolution who will then face a series of challenges. The characters will be inspired by real people of the past – the Patriots, enslaved people, Native Americans, Loyalists, and more – whom the kids will meet through objects, documents, and stories in the galleries and storage rooms of the New-York Historical Society.

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Camp History kids will learn history in order to make history!


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