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.

2015 Camp History

Tuesday, February 17th – Friday, February 20th; 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Tuesday, March 24th – Friday, March 27th; 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Ages 11-13; $500 per camper ($400 per Member camper)

What was life like in Colonial New-York? During this four-day history camp at the New-York Historical Society, campers will step back in time to this fascinating era! 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 play fun colonial games! At the end of the week, campers will mount their very own pop-up exhibition on New-York in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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 2014

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