18th Century Kids Campwhere history comes alive
July 20- July 24, 2020
At the Historical Society of Cheshire County’s 18th Century Kids Camp, students enter the world of Keene, New Hampshire, in the 1760s-1770’s. Campers will become a trades person who once lived in the community, working with camp counselors each day to learn something new about their character based on real evidence. Throughout the week, guest presenters and educators help campers develop new life skills, work together as a team, and enhance campers’ understanding of the past. Camp is held on the grounds of the historic 1762 Wyman Tavern House Museum, 339 Main Street, complete outdoor cooking hearth and bake oven. Additional activities will be held in a modern classroom facility at the Historical Society’s Bruder House (on the Wyman Tavern campus) and at downtown locations such as the Food Co-Op and Firedog Bread.
CAMP A: For those entering grades 3-5
Grade school campers will become a real tradesman or tradeswoman from the late 18th century in Keene, working with local educator Tricia Hurley to develop their character through hands-on activities. Experts from around New England will introduce your child to 18th century pottery, cooperage (barrel making), open hearth cooking, textile-working, and grain milling. Campers will make their own products to take home and develop new life skills. The experience culminates on Friday afternoon as your child prepares and cooks an 18th century meal for YOU! Disclaimer: Campers will learn knife safety and fire safety techniques as they will be working with sharp tools and outdoor fires throughout the week.
$275/week includes period clothing rental, supplies for all activities, and student fees to work with professional tradespeople. Historical Society of Cheshire County members receive a $25 discount on registration. Families of campers will also receive advanced notice of all 18th century events happening at the tavern and special discounts on future events.
CAMP B: For those entering grades 6-8
Middle School campers will become a tradesman or tradeswoman who once lived in Keene during the late 18th century. They will work with local educator and re-enactor Emilia Whippie Prior as well as Historical Society staff to develop their character using primary sources from the Historical Society’s archives and artifacts from the Wyman Tavern House Museum. Your child will have one-on-one time with experts in 18th century pottery, cooperage (barrel making), open hearth cooking, textile-working, and grain milling to develop more in-depth craftsmen skills while making their own products to take home. The camp week culminates with an encampment on the Wyman Tavern Grounds and public demonstrations of their new-found skills. Middle school campers will also have an active role in sharing their knowledge with the grade school campers. Disclaimer: Campers will be working with sharp tools and making outdoor fires throughout the week.
$275/week includes period clothing rental, supplies for all activities, transportation fees for field trips, and student fees to work with professional tradespeople. Historical Society of Cheshire County members receive a $25 discount on registration. Families of campers will also receive advanced notice of all 18th century events happening at the tavern and special discounts on future events.
How to Register:
Print this Form 18th century camp application
Send to Historical Society of Cheshire County, attn: summer camp, 246 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431.
Ways to Pay:
- Eventbrite: Click here to complete your registration (Eventbrite fees will be applied).
- Send a check to “Historical Society of Cheshire County”, 246 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431. Please add “Summer Camp” to memo field
- Stop by the main office to pay by credit card or call us at 603.352.1895.
Once registered, you will receive a parent handbook with more details about the camp as well as a listing of other 18th century-related events occurring this summer at the Wyman Tavern Museum. Camp each week is limited to 12 students. Deadline to apply is July 1, 2020.
Location of Camp. Pickup Drop off Info:
Wyman Tavern Museum is located at 339 Main Street, Keene, NH. Campers will enter the grounds from the Bruder House at 349 Main Street.
Drop off location for campers is along Bruder Street at 8:45am.
Pick Time: 3:30-4:00pm
A full refund will be granted to those who cancel 14 days prior to the start of camp. A 50% refund will be given if the cancellation occurs 7 days prior to the start of camp. No refund will be given within 7 days of the camp start date.
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