Junior Docent Camp

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Ever wonder what life was like before video games?  Looking for a chance to step back in time? Want to be a history detective? Then we have the summer camp for you! Participants in the Junior Docent Camp will explore life in 18th and 19th century Portland and go behind the scenes of Maine’s oldest historic house museum.  The camp is based at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, boyhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  The mix of indoor and outdoor activities will include 18th and 19th century games, crafts, cooking, and storytelling.  We will learn how Henry and his siblings played, dined, studied, cleaned up, and even how they got into trouble!

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with library and museum staff and conduct research on a topic or object of their choice.  At the end of the week, all participants will be fully trained and prepared to give a tour of the house to family members and guests.   After the tour, families and campers are encouraged to join us in the Longfellow Garden for a brown bag lunch and Henry’s favorite treat!

Camp is open to students entering 4th-6th grades; advance registration is required.  Cost is $75 for members, $100 for non-members.

To register or to request more information, contact Kathleen Neumann, Manager of Student and Interpretive Programs, at kneumann@mainehistory.org or 207-774-1822, ext. 214.