Camp History

Kids who love history love Camp History!

August 2018 Camp History


The Four Freedoms: WWII to Today

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 the past and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the New-York Historical Society to become junior historians, conservators, and curators! In week-long camps in 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 newfound 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 13 through Friday, August 17, 9 am – 4pm daily (SPACE OPEN)
Session 2: Monday August 20 through Friday August 24, 9 am – 4 pm daily (SPACE OPEN)

$600 per camper ($550 per Member camper)

Early bird special! Register by May 4 and receive a $50 discount. Limited financial aid available. Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students only

The Four Freedoms: WWII to Today

Calling all middle school artists and historians! This summer, campers go behind the scenes to explore our summer exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. Kids discover the history behind Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, Rockwell’s artistic interpretations of them, and moments throughout American history when those ideals have been tested. Then they’ll create their own Four Freedoms poster series, to be displayed for family and friends at the end of each camp session.  

To register your camper, click here.

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

Cancellation policy: Full refunds minus a $50 processing fee will be granted to registrants who cancel by Monday, June 12, 2018. No full or partial refunds will be granted after that date. 

Sponsored by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant.




Spending time in the conservation lab


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


Examing authentic documents in the Museum Library


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