Written by Rachel Walman
Have you ever heard of Clara Driscoll, the woman behind some of Tiffany’s most famous stained glass lamps? How about the Venerable Pierre Toussaint? He was born into slavery in Haiti before becoming a noted philanthropist in New York City and is now up for canonization in the Roman Catholic Church. History is full of lesser-known change-makers whose stories are waiting to be told. This August, the middle school campers who participate in Camp History: Uncovering Hidden Histories will dig through history to uncover heroes and heroines of New York’s past and shed light on their accomplishments with an exciting final project.
It’s not too late to sign up your camper for Session 1: August 14–18 or Session 2: August 21–25! In both of the identical sessions, young historians will research a little-known historical figure of their choosing and create a special art project to illuminate this person’s contributions for the public.
Camp History isn’t like school: Campers will go behind the scenes in the Museum, meeting costumed reenactors, playing historical games, and seeing unique treasures in our collections that the public doesn’t get to see! And did we mention friends? Each camp is limited to a small group of history buffs so there’s always lots of bonding and lunchtime shenanigans in Central Park. Though campers may be having too much fun to notice, they’ll come out of Camp History with the research skills needed to succeed in high school and beyond. We’re proud to say campers return year after year to learn, grow, and have fun taking over the Museum!
Through May 19, members and non-members can receive a special early bird discount upon registration. (Members receive an additional discount at all times.) But you better hurry—camp spots are being snatched up quickly!
Camp History themes and content are different every year. To get a sense of all the cool stuff middle schoolers have enjoyed during past camps, check out some testimonials from happy campers and parents and take a look at the pictures below :
“My daughter’s experience at Camp History has truly left an impression on her…she now aspires to be a conservator.” –Pearl, parent
“My son loved Camp History! It was a wonderful experience for him (and I was quite jealous). It also heightened his interest in history.” –Nancy, parent
“I have attended ‘behind the scenes’ programs at another museum. [Camp History] was better because instead of just showing me how the exhibit was made, this showed me actual documents, and how historians are able to come up with their conclusions, and how they think of ideas for creating an exhibit.” –Aidan, camper, aged 11
“It was such an amazing privilege to see the artifacts that no casual visitor would see. I really enjoyed examining maps, lockets, etc. and learning and discussing the history about them. This was certainly more in depth than some of the other behind the scenes camps that I’ve done because we really got to EXAMINE the artifacts…” –Bea, aged 12
We can’t wait to see your rising sixth, seventh, or eighth grader at Camp History this summer! If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.