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Camp History

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

Kids who love history love Camp History!

In Camp History, middle schoolers become historians, conservators, and curators! In week-long camps during school breaks in February, March, and August, campers intensively explore a historical era by studying the collections of the New-York Historical Society; meeting with museum staff; and creating incredible projects to show off their deepened knowledge. Camp History programs are designed to give middle school students experience doing primary historical research and exposure to museum careers while having a ton of fun along the way.

For more information, or to register your child for any of this year's camps, please email or call 646-293-9922.


February and March Camps:

$500 ($400 Members)

Tuesday, February 16 to Friday, February 19 or Tuesday, March 29 to Friday, April 1 from 9 am – 4 pm

Current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders 

 Bring your Minecraft creativity to our Civil War camp! Each day, campers will learn about the lives of soldiers and technology of the day through hands-on training by Civil War experts and through guided exploration of our Library’s rich collections. Campers will also discover the galleries and see our groundbreaking exhibition Silicon CityPixel Academy instructors will then help campers use their 21st-century knowledge to code their own Minecraft Mod in which they will create a Civil War soldier and encampment. By the end of the week, each camper will have their own digital Civil War universe, a real-life military knapsack full of handmade 1860s necessities, and a mind full of knowledge of life during the Civil War. 

 To register: Please email or call 646-293-9922.

Cancellation policy: Full refunds minus a $50 processing fee will be granted to registrants who cancel by January 15, 2016. No full or partial refunds will be granted after that date.


Check out what participants in previous sessions of Camp History have created! Past projects include 3-D design and printing, video game design, and digital animation.

August 2015 

New York City in 1900 was a city of immigrants; a city with no subway system; a city full of labor strikes; a city just starting to build these new things called skyscrapers. During this five-day history camp at the New-York Historical Society, campers will dig deep into this tumultuous time period! Led by educators, librarians, conservators, and curators, campers will go behind the scenes to learn how museum exhibitions are made; see fascinating artifacts, documents and paintings that are rarely on view to the public; and do special projects related to the era! At the end of the week, campers will mount their very own pop-up exhibition on New York in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

August 2014

“Camp History gave our son a direct experience and plunged the rest of our family into daily discussions and fact finding about the Civil War. Thanks!” -parent

For five days, campers studied the American Civil War in depth, getting up close with artifacts, paintings and documents from the era. They met with museum curators, conservators and librarians to learn how museums interpret the past. Everything they learned prepared them to take on the roles of real historical figures from the Civil War, impersonating them using costumes and props in tintype photos shot by acclaimed photographer Robert Christian Malmberg. The campers' portraits were then exhibited in the museum on the last day of camp, and were later featured in the New York Daily News! Check out this behind the scenes slideshow of the campers in action!

February 2014

Over the course of 4 days, the middle school students of Camp History brought the paintings of the New-York Historical Society to life. Working with Brooklyn-based artist and game designer Ken Amarit, Campers learned both the basics of animation and how to use advanced photo editing software to create animated GIFs.

Daniel's "Portrait of an Indian Chief, Red Jacket"

Dylan's "The Manner of their Fishing"

Nicole's "The Town of Secoton J. White"

Noah's "Where Broadway Begins"

Saumik's "The Manner of their Fishing"

Ayesha's "John James Audubon"

Bintou's "Beekman Coach"

Brianna's "Woman's Land Army of America"

Dianni's "Oneida Family"

Gia's "Oneida Family"

Jason's "Lewis Hine newsboy"

Sam's "Oneida Family"

Sasha's "Three Indians"


August 2013

Campers examined objects, documents, and art related to the American Revolution in the galleries and behind the scenes. Then, working with educators from Pixel Academy, campers created video games set during the war. Check out two of their games [Flash required]:
Demetrius's "The Boston Tea Party" 
Mi Sun's "Patriot Glory" 


April 2013

Campers studied artifacts related to the American Revolution, the American Civil War, and World War II while learning about museum exhibition design. Then, in workshops facilitated by the Pixel Academy, campers learned to use 3D-modeling software to design, 3D-print, and bring home their own history exhibition models!

Creative: Tronvig Group