Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum to Host Two Sessions of Journey Into History Summer Camp for Children
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum today announced that it will host two sessions this year of its fun-filled Journey Into History camp, titled “As the Century Turned,” for children seven to ten years of age on June 15-17 and July 20-22. Each three-day session runs Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Presidential Library. Due to a generous grant from the Reynolds Foundation of Richmond and the sponsorships of local businesses, the Presidential Library was able to double its capacity for camp and offer scholarships each session. The foundation grant was matched in part by a corporate sponsor, Mathers Construction, and four small business sponsors, G&G Cleaning, Blue Mountain Coffees, the Split Banana, and Pufferbellies. Pampered Palate is donating lunch for the final day of both sessions.
During this year’s sessions, campers will enjoy hands-on, creative activities to enable them to explore major events that occurred between 1895 and 1905, including panning for gold as “Klondike Gold Rush” prospectors, travelling through Ellis Island, and enjoying a New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square. Campers will enjoy foods and games from the era. Bill Wellington will perform period music, Mac and Joan Swift will tell turn-of-the-century folk tales, Irene Sarnelle will teach contemporary dances, and the Shenandoah Masqueraders will perform.
The Journey into History Camp is a three-day camp 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.
The cost to participate is $60, which includes a camp shirt and snacks. Those interested in registering or obtaining more information about the Journey Into History camp should contact Ellen Abernethy, Museum Educator at the Presidential Library, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (540) 885-0897, ext. 110.