Camp History

Kids who love history love Camp History!

August 2019 Camp History

Revolutionary Encampment, 1782

Full camp description below

"I wish I didn’t have to leave!" –  camper
"It was, by far, the best experience he had all summer." – parent

At Camp History, middle schoolers dive into the past and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the New-York Historical Society to become junior historians, conservators, and curators! During week-long camps in August, campers immerse themselves in a historical era by exploring related collections from our Museum and Library, meeting with staff, and creating incredible projects to showcase their newfound expertise.

Camp History programs give middle school students the opportunity to perform primary historical research and expose them to a wide variety of museum careers, while having a lot of fun along the way. This summer’s theme is the American Revolution:

2019 Camp History: Revolutionary Encampment, 1782

Calling all middle school patriots! In conjunction with our exhibition Revolutionary Summer, campers will time travel to Verplanck’s Point in 1782 and explore George Washington’s camp tent from the Revolutionary War. Every day, campers will be immersed in crafts and creative projects to learn about camp life during the war and experience the lives of soldiers, camp followers, spies, and more. Plus, they will create “lost” journals and letters from real or fictional characters from the American Revolution, then archivally preserve them as museum artifacts. 

Session 2: August 19–23; 9 am – 4 pm (rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade) SOLD OUT

$600 ($550 for Family Members) Limited financial aid available.

Early bird special: Register by May 3 and receive a $50 discount.

Learn more and register your camper!

Questions? Email

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds minus a $50 processing fee will be granted to registrants who cancel by Monday, June 10, 2019. No full or partial refunds will be granted after that date.

Disclaimer: A complimentary membership ticket may not be used toward this program.


Spending time in the conservation lab


Getting up close and personal with a centuries-old map of New York City


Examing authentic documents in the Museum Library


Hanging out in the Museum galleries


Taking on the role of a Civil War surgeon and extracting a bullet from a wounded soldier’s “leg”


Making glue with our chief conservator


Creative: Tronvig Group