Camp History

Kids who love history love Camp History!

The New-York Historical Society offers week-long camp programs during the mid-winter recess in February and in August. Elementary and middle school age campers enjoy unprecedented access to the collections of the New-York Historical Society and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum and create unique projects to show off what they learned!

Campers also meet with museum historians, designers, and conservators to see first-hand how objects are curated, preserved, and researched at the New-York Historical Society.

Camp History is run by our staff of experienced museum educators.


This August, Camp History kids will explore the Civil War through tin-type photography! CLICK HERE for more information about the August 11 – 15 and August 18 – 22 sessions.

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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.

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