Join us at History Camp, the unconference for all things history, on Saturday, March 28 in Boston
We have 25+ proposed sessions, review them here.
Get a draft schedule to plan which sessions you’d like to attend.
Harriet Tubman House, 566 Columbus Ave, Boston.
What is History Camp?
History Camp 2015 is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with other history enthusiasts throughout New England and beyond who are passionate and engaged with history.
Last year was the first History Camp anywhere and it was a hit. Here's one of the many comments we got, "I hoped it would be good . . . and it was great!"
If you love history, don't miss History Camp. The sessions are listed below. Register now to secure your spot. You'll be right at home.
Feedback from Last Year
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Maybe we should stop calling it ‘History:’ A roundtable discussion on making history relevant for today
All are invited to participate. Today, many are baffled by the chaotic state of our world. Long-trusted roadmaps and moral beliefs we were taught were the path to the good life no longer seem to apply. Young and old, we’re worried about our future and the future of our children and grandchildren. Those of us[…]
The Swastika, the Spy, and the Black Sun: a Historian’s Quest into the Murky Depths of Post-WWII Fascism
In 1960, a man lay dead in his San Francisco jail cell after having evidently taken his own life with a cyanide capsule. Days before, the FBI had arrested this strange character after airport security discovered that his luggage was full of multiple passports each with a different alias and country of origin. This session seeks to[…]
In this session, Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society archivist and American History teacher Mark Gardner (@HistoryGardner) will walk everyone through several hands-on exercises designed to familiarize the museum and historical society folks with the vernacular of the Common Core, in particular close reading, lenses, and response to informational text. Using primary source materials not[…]
Overlooked by even town histories, the 1775 dysentery epidemic impacted many families. And although the epidemic didn’t change the outcome of the war, this talk will examine how it changed the lives of many who fought in it. Presenter: Judy Cataldo.
Architect Rick Detwiller has identified for study whether the controversial patriot James Swan (1751-1830) is depicted as the hitherto anonymous protector of the mortally wounded Joseph Warren in the central vignette of Trumbull’s precedent setting historical painting “Bunker’s Hill.” The resulting inquiry provides a window into Trumbull’s design, visual storytelling, and meticulous individual portraiture of[…]
Saving the Reality: A Local Museum’s Mission in Preserving One of the World’s Most Significant WWII Collections
Considered by many to house the most comprehensive collection of WW2 artifacts and documents in the world, the museum is home to over 8,000 original artifacts, from personal items of famous world leaders at the time, to once Top Secret Invasion Plans of Normandy and Iwo Jima, to treaties that literally changed the course of[…]
Digital Humanities/Tools for Teachers of American History: Using Primary Sources (U.S. History to 1865, part one)
Are you looking for original history texts and primary resources tools for your classroom projects? Come take a virtual tour of the Library of Congress website! We’ll join Harriet Tubman as our guide, to explore “beyond the text book” resources at LOC.gov. We’ll search for prints, portraits, manuscripts, sound clips, scrapbooks, and diary entries to encourage “history-thinking.”[…]
In October 1774 an angry seaman named Samuel Dyer arrived in Newport, describing how the Royal Navy had kidnapped him from Boston to London, how high government ministers had interrogated him about the Boston Tea Party, and how the Lord Mayor of London had helped him to return to America. Rhode Island Patriots fêted Dyer[…]
Two 18th century portraits that have been on display since the 1920s in the Hingham Historical Society’s house museum, the Old Ordinary, have now been attributed to an enslaved African American artist. Prince Demah‘s short life was eventful and included painting lessons in London, a brief commercial career in Boston, and service in an artillery regiment during[…]
For over a century, artists and storytellers have been taking stories that existed in their heads and placed them into a series of panels to make comic strips and books. In this workshop, comic book writer and editor Jason Rodriguez will be showing you how to craft your own history comic books, starting with an[…]
Despite being known for traditional educational programming like lectures, walking and house tours, and exhibitions, we recently collaborated to present successful site-specific, first-person immersive living history programs. The Newport Historical Society (NHS) used the city itself as the backdrop and setting for the Stamp Act Protest commemorating the 1765 Stamp Act riots in that town.[…]
The primary goal of any Living History Program is to provide a hands-on, experiential learning environment which fulfills the need for a creative approach to social studies. Living history is designed to stimulate student interest in learning about the human side of history and involves not only social studies but English, mathematics, and science as[…]
(Roundtable) Ideas for Programming, Outreach, and Operations of Smaller History Organizations: What worked what didn’t, and what we learned from it
Unlike the typical session, this will consist of exchanging ideas amongst all the participants rather than one person presenting. The proposed format is to go around the room, giving every person who has a specific initiative or lesson learned 2 – 4 minutes to describe what they did and what they learned about it. If[…]
This presentation, with extensive slides, is based on my recently published book (which is not for sale). It consists of brief profiles of men who served as Union Army and Navy officers in the Civil War. The majority of officers profiled (and pictured) are ancestors of members of the Massachusetts Commandery of the Military Order of[…]
There were 124 paintings of local homesteads and landscapes done by noted artist Ellen M Carpenter over the period 1875-1908. These paintings appear in the book, “Historical Reminiscences of the Early Times in Marlborough, Massachusetts,” by Ella Bigelow, published in 1910. Today the paintings are owned easy to find: They’re on display at the Marlborough Library. But what[…]
Traces the history of the delivery of mail from Boston to New York and beyond from early colonial days to the present. Learn about early postmasters, postal riders and early rest stops, including the Wayside Inn. Hear descriptions of traveling on the Post Road by postal riders carrying letters and newspapers from Massachusetts through Connecticut and[…]
Salem witch trials experts Marilynne Roach and Emerson “Tad” Baker will discuss their recent books, as well as America’s on-going fascination with Salem and witchcraft. Roach, who appeared on the Daily Show in January 2014 is most recently the author of Six Women of Salem: the Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials. Baker,[…]
Explores how the French and Indian War and the act of military quartering caused the people of Albany, New York to confront the British Empire in close, intimate terms. This talk will reveal the lasting implications of this confrontation and how it helped the people of Albany decide whether they would become Patriots, Loyalists, or[…]
Proposed Panel Looking for Panelists: “Sharing Your Passion for History: Blogs, Podcasts, Books, and More”
The goal of this panel is to inspire others about how they can share their passion for history using traditional and new media, including blogs, podcasts, and digital apps. Moderator: Liz Covart, Early American Historian, Blogger, and Host of “Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History,” (@lizcovart)
(Panel) Don’t let History Get STEAMrolled: Practical approaches to getting kids engaged with history
Participating Panelists: Patricia Violette, Executive Director of the Shirley-Eustis House; Paul Wexler, a history teacher at Needham High School who has been using National History Day as a way to engage students; Kyle Jenks, who wrote, produced and directed a play about Colonial history in the Mohawk Valley of upstate NY for middle school children; Rayshauna Gray,[…]
From its primordial origins as a Native American fishing camp to the present, Natick, Massachusetts has experienced a series of astonishing events and extraordinary transformations. Join us as we explore the genesis of this unique community and the lessons it has for all. Presenter: Peter Golden
Were the Early Suffragists Racist? A Look Into The Early Movement prior to The Emancipation Proclamation
This session will examine the suffrage movement and the role race played in the political posturing during this crucial time of women’s history by examining various figures, quotes and events. Presenter: Colleen Janz, Executive Director, Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum
The term “material culture” typically brings to mind images of objects behind glass in galleries, archives and museums. However, what defines material culture – and it’s role –stretches beyond these boundaries. This session looks at ways to connect the public, especially students, with the wider world of material culture. Presenter: Erik R. Bauer, Archivist, Peabody Institute Library,[…]
This session is for both stamp collectors and non-collectors. Learn about the history of the U.S. postal system from colonial times to the present by viewing stamps issued over the years starting in 1847. Hear about the many ways mail has been delivered, including using the Boston Post Road (America’s First Information Highway), the Santa Fe[…]
The ancient Roman Legionary soldier, including a brief history of the evolution of the soldier, aspects of his daily life, and details on his arms and armor utilizing replicas of archaeological artifacts. Andy has presented on the Romans since 2002 through the former Higgins Armory Museum, which closed in 2013 and whose arms & armor[…]