Camp History

Kids who love history love Camp History!

August 2017 Camp History: Hidden Histories
Full camp description below

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

At Camp History, middle schoolers dive into past and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the New-York Historical Society to become junior historians, conservators, and curators! In week-long camps during August, campers immerse themselves in a historical era by exploring related N-YHS collections, meeting with Museum staff; and creating incredible projects to showcase their new-found expertise.

Camp History programs give middle school students the opportunity to perform primary historical research and expose them to a wide variety of museum careers, while having a lot of fun along the way.

Session 1: Monday, August 14 through Friday, August 18, 9 am – 4pm daily (FULL)
Session 2: Monday August 21 through Friday August 25, 9 am – 4 pm daily (SPACE OPEN)

$600 per camper ($550 per Member camper) Limited financial aid available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Uncovering Hidden Histories

Calling all middle school historians! The collections of the New-York Historical Society contain the stories of countless forgotten heroes and heroines, waiting to be discovered. At Camp History: Uncovering Hidden Histories, campers will unearth these untold stories and bring them to light!

In each 5-day session, campers will search our library, newly renovated Luce Center, and other museum collections for fascinating but forgotten historical figures to resurrect. Campers will study a forgotten hero or heroine of their choice and then create something inspired by this person to contribute to a camper-created mini-exhibition. Campers will also go behind the scenes in our museum and library collections, interact with living historians, and meet with museum staff as well as cook, create, and craft to bring the little-known past to life. 

To register your camper, click here.

To download a flyer for Camp History, August 2017, click here.

Questions? Email or call (646) 293-9922 or (646) 293-9980.

Early Bird Special! Sign your camper up by May 5, 2017, and get $50 off! Applies to members and non-members.

Cancellation policy: Full refunds minus a $50 processing fee will be granted to registrants who cancel by Monday, June 12, 2017. No full or partial refunds will be granted after that date. 


Getting up close and personal with a centuries-old map of New York City


Standing proudly with hand-sewn quilt squares


Spending time in the conservation lab 


Posing in Civil War-era attire for a tintype portrait


Hanging out in the Museum galleries


Taking on the role of a Civil War surgeon and extracting a bullet from a wounded soldier’s “leg”


Making glue with our chief conservator


Creative: Tronvig Group