Minnesota Historical Society Summer Camps for 2014

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Release dated: 
January 22, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 • wendy.jones@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society Summer Camps for 2014

Don't let learning stop after the last day of school. Conquer summer boredom and broaden Minnesota history knowledge by enrolling in a Minnesota Historical Society Summer Day Camp.

The Minnesota Historical Society offers a wide variety of summer camps, including weeklong and 1-day camps, and the popular "Little House in the Big Fort" and "Huck Finn" camps at Historic Fort Snelling, named "Best Camps for Kids" by Nickelodeon.com in 2008. Online registration for all Society camps is available at www.mnhs.org/summercamps.

Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul
651-296-8760

Finishing SchoolFinishing School for Young Ladies
Session 1: June16-18, 2014
Session 2: July 14-16, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $220/$200 for MNHS members
Reservations: required, register online

In today’s fast paced world the art of social graces can get lost along the way. Victorian girls, like the Ramsey granddaughters Anita and Laura Furness, were expected to attend finishing school where they learned the arts of personal interaction and good manners. In this one-of-a kind day camp, young ladies will dress up in Victorian outfits and learn about Victorian fashion, etiquette, dancing and poise.

History Detective Camp
Session 1: June 23-25, 2014
Session 2: July 21-23, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $210/$190 for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, register online

Become a super-sleuth and use clues to solve a mystery at the Ramsey House. During this 3-day camp, kids will explore primary source materials like the Ramsey House itself, artifacts inside the home, letters, journals and recipes. Campers will comb through the evidence to reveal the mystery. A new mystery will be presented each day. At the end of camp, each child will be certified a Ramsey House History Detective. For boys and girls ages 11-13.

Historic Forestville
21899 County Road 118, Preston
507-765-2785

Forestville Homestead19th-Century Homestead One-Day Camp
Session 1: June 16, 2014
Session 2: June 23, 2014
Session 3: July 14, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $50/$45 for MNHS members; full scholarships available.
Reservations: required, register online

In this one day camp focused on daily life of the 19th century, campers will go on a journey back to Forestville in 1899. They will participate in a range of creative, hands-on activities inspired by the Meighen home, general store and farming operations; its collections and research. Campers will don a shopkeeper's apron, price goods, candle eggs and compound medicines. Outdoors, they'll gather eggs and tend to the chickens. In the parlor, they’ll participate in songs, music, games and storytelling from the 1800s and experience the aromas and activities of cooking on a wood burning stove in the kitchen. The homestead includes an original 1856 house, attached store and farm of Thomas Meighen, a businessman, farmer and politician. Campers should dress for outdoor activities and bring a bag lunch. For children 8–12 years. A minimum of 8 campers is required.

A grant from the Peyton Education Fund provides for a limited number of full scholarships. To request a scholarship, prospective campers should write a brief letter describing their interest in history and why they would like to attend the camp. Please include name, address, telephone and date of camp. Mail letter to: Historic Forestville, 19th Century Homestead Camp, Scholarship Request, 21899 County 118, Preston, MN 55965. For additional information please call 507-765-2785.

Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul
612-726-1171

Soldier CampSoldier One-Day Camp
Session 1: June 7, 2014
Session 2: June 28, 2014
Session 3: July 12, 2014
Session 4: July 26, 2014
Session 5: Aug. 9, 2014
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $50/$45 for MNHS members
Reservations: required, register online

Attention all recruits! Enlist in the 5th Regiment for an afternoon at Historic Fort Snelling. "New recruits" will learn about the lives of soldiers during the 1820s at Fort Snelling. Campers will learn to march and drill, watch musket and cannon firings and much more. Space is limited to 12. For ages 8 to 12.

Huck Finn CampHuck Finn Camp
Session 1: June 17-20, 2014
Session 2: July 15-18, 2014
Session 3: July 31-Aug. 1, 2014 (2-Day)
Session 4: Aug. 12-15, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $235/$220 for MNHS members for four day camp
$150/$140 for MNHS members for 2-day camp.
Reservations: required, register online

The classic book "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" serves as the basis for this camp for the adventurous and active kid. Campers will explore the book and its themes of adventure and childhood fun through hands-on activities in the unique setting of Historic Fort Snelling. Activities include fishing, hiking, cooking outdoors, canoeing and much more. Space is limited to 14 each week. This camp has received Nickelodeon's Parent's Choice Award. For ages 9 to 12.

Little House CampLittle House in the Big Fort Summer Camp
Session 1: June 17-20, 2014
Session 2: June 24-27, 2014
Session 3: July 8-11, 2014
Session 4: July 22-25, 2014
Session 5: July 29- Aug. 1, 2014
Session 6: Aug. 5-8, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $235/$220 for MNHS members
Reservations: required, register online

Experience the life described in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s "Little House" books right in her home state. Campers will sing the songs, play the games and make the food and crafts that Wilder learned while growing up on the western frontier in the 19th century. This camp focuses on the first four of the books in the series: "Little House in the Big Woods," "Little House on the Prairie," "Farmer Boy" and "On the Banks of Plum Creek." Space is limited to 14. For ages 7-11.

davy crockettDavy Crockett Summer Camp
Session 1: June 24-27, 2014
Session 2: July 22-25, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $235/$220 for MNHS members
Reservations: required, register online

Davy Crockett was a living legend during the early 1800's and tales of his adventures spread across the world. Campers will learn the skills Crockett and others like him used on the frontier including tracking animals, using flint and steel and 1800s soldiering. Campers will also learn about American Indian history and much more. Space is limited to 14. For ages 9 to 12.

Archaeology for Kids One-Day Camp
Session 1: July 19, 2014
Session 2: Aug. 2, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $65/$60 for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, register online

Grab a trowel and get ready for an archeological dig at Historic Fort Snelling. Campers will spend the day with archeologists and historians who will help them learn how to do archeological work including research, digging and sifting at a recreated dig site and working with scientific equipment in a lab. Space is limited to 10 per camp. For ages 10-14.

Mill City Museum
704 South Second St., Minneapolis
612-341-7555

Arts on the River CampArts on the River Day Camp
Dates: July 7-10, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $250/$225 for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, register online

Build creativity with this dynamic hands-on arts focused day camp. Play music, get creative, bake bread and construct books while exploring the rich culture along the Minneapolis riverfront district. Enjoy a new experience each day at four top arts centers, including Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and MacPhail Center for Music. Campers will start each day at Mill City Museum and will walk with camp leaders to each nearby art organization. Early drop off and late pick up is available for an extra charge. Limit 24. For ages 9-11.

Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul
651-259-3000

Textiles and T-Shirts: Fashion Design with a Historic Accent
Session 1 : June 24-25, 2014
Session 2: July 8-9, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $200/$180 for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, register online

Calling all budding fashionistas. At this two day workshop, young designers will use 21st century technology to create their own designs inspired by historic textiles. On Day 1, enjoy a behind the scenes look at historic textiles and create an original textile design inspired by the past and your own creativity. On Day 2, work with instructors to create an original, wearable T-shirt incorporating historic inspiration and textile ideas. Open to young designers aged 12-16. Limit 12 students per workshop.

Program funding provided by Best Buy Children's Foundation.


The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.