STAUNTON, VIRGINIA—The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum today announced that jazz music and playing baseball with the Staunton Braves will be among the highlights of its two sessions of its Journey Into History camp, titled “Jazzing It Up in the Jazz Age” for children seven to ten years of age on June 21-23 and July 19-21. Each three-day session runs Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Presidential Library. Participants will enjoy many fun activities designed to educate them about life in the 1920’s, including playing baseball with the Staunton Braves, watching “talkie” movies, learning dances like the Charleston, discovering the great Houdini and his daring escapes, and experiencing new and exciting archaeological discoveries of the day. There will be music with Bill Wellington of Radio Woof, storytelling with Joan and Mac Swift, and dancing with Irene Sarnelle.
Due to a generous grant from the Reynolds Foundation of Richmond and the sponsorships of local businesses and individuals, the Presidential Library was able to double its capacity for camp and offer scholarships each session again this year. The foundation grant was matched by a corporate sponsor, Hershey Chocolate; nine small business sponsors: Pampered Palate, Blue Mountain Coffees, Visulite Cinema, the Split Banana, G&G Cleaning, Segars Engineering, Stuart Hall School, Norris and Associates Accounting, and the Staunton Braves; and nine individual sponsors: Bill Wellington, Carole Nash, Ruth and Brian Cook, Irene Sarnelle, Susan and George Forschler, Jan and Bill Walker, Stan and Mary Margaret Link, Don and Patsy Wilson, and Katherine and Bryan Wilkins.
The Journey into History Camp is designed to instill children with knowledge and appreciation for history through a variety of fun and educational experiences. Each year’s session opens a window into a different facet of life in President Wilson’s era (1856-1924) and provides a rich historical experience for young campers. This is the 12th consecutive year the Presidential Library has hosted the camp.
This first camp session is full, but there are still a few scholarship spots left in the July session. Those interested in more information about the camp should contact Ellen Abernethy, Museum Educator at the Presidential Library, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (540) 885-0897, ext. 110.
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