This spring, Camp History at the New-York Historical Society was all about the Civil War – and Minecraft! Campers were invited behind the scenes at the Museum over the course of a fun-filled week to speak with conservators, librarians, scholars, and more to become experts on the time period and spent their afternoons translating their new found expertise into the world of Minecraft!
Campers created Civil War-era flags, food, weapons, uniforms, encampments, etc. in the game and then got to play our what life was like as a soldier. Check out some photos from camp below!
Camp History will be back this August ( August 15th-19th and August 22nd-26th) and our next batch of campers will be delving into the life and world of Alexander Hamilton! Click here to learn more.
Looking at a tintype photo.
Repairing a paper tear in the Conservation Lab.
Playing together in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum.
Designing American flags from the Civil War era, complete with cannonball hole!
Placing our Civil War era American flags into our Minecraft worlds.
Creating our very own soldier’s journal.
Getting suited up – Civil War-style!
Learning how to pitch a tent.
Performing a Civil War surgery!
Going through some soldiers’ drills with wooden muskets.
Creating Civil War uniforms in Minecraft.
Learning how to sew a poke sack.
Getting up close and personal with a historical document.
Listening intently and examining centuries-old items in the Library.