History Camp, the unconference for all things history
Iowa 2015 slides
Slides are posted from two Iowa presentations.
Boston 2015 Slides
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Cambridge 2014 Videos
In 2014, we posted four session videos, as well as slides.
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What is History Camp?
History Camp is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with authors and administrators, researchers and reenactors, educators and students, and others from all walks of life who are passionate about history. At History Camp, everyone is welcome. Anyone can attend. And anyone can present.
History Camp started in Cambridge in March 2014 and it was a hit. Here's one of the many comments we got, "I hoped it would be good . . . and it was great!"
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Title: The City that William Pynchon Built Presenter: Dave Robison Description: From landing on the banks of the “Great River” to “Tower Square” attendees will meet the founders, the growth of a colonial plantation to a city and the historical people and events that influenced its growth.
Rather than slides, here are the stories from which the presentation was drawn. Title: Freedom Stories of the Pioneer Valley Presenter: Cliff McCarthy Description: This presentation will tell the stories of several African Americans who lived in the Pioneer Valley and achieved their freedom in remarkable ways. We will learn about Jupiter Richards, who fought[…]
Title: Union & Emancipation – Conflating Revolutionary Heritage with Abolitionist Practice Presenter: Darren Barry Description: This presentation examines Fitchburg’s powerful Unionist and emancipationist Civil War memory from 1861 to 1930. It will argue that Fitchburg’s dual memory of the war was the product of the community’s deep connection to their Revolutionary War heritage and the[…]
Title: Thomas Jefferson’s Anonymous Translation of Volney’s Ruins of Empires Presenter: Thomas Christian Williams Description: Jefferson risked his chance of winning the presidency by translating this controversial book. Volney’s Ruins refutes the Social Contract of Jean Jacques Rousseau. The book also provides a solution to the world’s enduring religious conflicts. The Massachusetts Historical Society has[…]
Title: How the British Empire Lost New England Seven Months Before the War Presenter: J. L. Bell Description: Though the Revolutionary War started in April 1775, New England had actually slipped out of the British government’s control months earlier, with the resistance beginning in western Massachusetts. This talk analyzes what prompted New England farmers to[…]
Title: Civil War Letters: Resurrecting Lost Voices — DIY Digital Archiving Presenter: Stan Prager Description: A chance encounter with the previously unpublished Civil War letters of a Massachusetts soldier killed at the battle of Cold Harbor led to a project that digitized & transcribed this correspondence, and the creation of a website to share it[…]
Video via the Forum Network: Steam Punk History: Low-Tech Storytelling in the Digital Age Steve Thornton (firstname.lastname@example.org), retired union organizer and writer for The Shoeleather History Project (ShoeleatherHistoryProject.com) Uncovering history is one thing; presenting it effectively is another. Even in the digital age, there are “low tech” methods that can be used to aid greater public[…]
Video via the Forum Network: Busing in Boston: Teaching the history of segregation, desegregation, and busing Josue D. Sakata (email@example.com) is Assistant Director for History and Social Studies for Boston Public Schools and one of the creators of this resource. http://sites.google.com/a/bostonpublicschools.org/desegregation/home/teachers This was an extremely contentious period in local history that reverberated nationally. To help[…]
[slides] New and Overlooked Resources for Researching Individuals from the Revolutionary War and Civil War
Michelle Novak is President of [MND] (www.mnd.nyc), a NYC Brand-Design agency and a graduate of RISD and BU Genealogical Research. She is a Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey; the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ; and is Editor of the GSBC’s ISFHWE award-winning newsletter, “The Archivist.” Michelle also created the fabulous History[…]
Lori Stokes (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ph.D., Independent Scholar; and Dr. Will Holton, Partnership for the Historic Bostons. www.historicbostons.org People love to hate the Puritans. In the popular imagination, the Puritans were killjoys who banned dancing, singing, sex, alcohol, and smiling, and put people in the stocks for sneezing on Sunday. The truth, however, is very different—and much more[…]
Ta Mara Conde email@example.com HistoricGravestone.com Cemeteries are outdoor museums dedicated to memories of average people, the famous and lifestyles of long ago. Ta Mara Conde, a gravestone and monument conservator has worked to preserve gravestones for over 16 years in New England and across the nation. Preservation of these historical “documents” is important to preserving[…]
Daud Alzayer, Revolutionary Characters Manager, The Old State House in Boston firstname.lastname@example.org Echoes of the Past: Bringing historical role-playing to the streets of Boston “Echoes of the Past,” staged in Boston last year as part of the anniversary of the Stamp Act protests, put real historical characters on Boston streets and challenged participants to find[…]
Liz Loveland (@lizl_genealogy and email@example.com) Blog transcribing a Victorian diary: http://addiessojourn.wordpress.com/ Genealogy & history blog: http://adventuresingenealogy.wordpress.com/ Learn about some of the myths around Northern slavery and many of the sources that can be used to research the lives of enslaved people in Northern colonies/states, the lives of freemen and freewomen there, and the world which they inhabited.[…]
This December, join your fellow history nerds in Salem, for a seasonal celebration hosted by the House of the Seven Gables and Salem Historical Society. We’ll meet at the House of the Seven Gables, then start with a walking tour of the Derby Street Historic District, led by the Historical Society. Derby Street is an[…]
This election season, we’re going behind the scenes at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation[…]
Updated May 9: Almost sold out. Visit the Old State House (OSH) where exhibition staff will take a deep dive into the major changes that the Bostonian Society is undertaking to interpret the building as an 18th-century site. Particular discussion will focus on the reinterpretation of the OSH Council Chamber as a period room filled[…]
Join us for a special tour of the Massachusetts Historical Society and their latest exhibition on September 10. The exhibition, called “Turning Points,” looks at moments in American history when everything changed or a process was started that changed everything. Fifteen eye witness accounts, personal records, and items that were present at these moments of[…]
This summer, join us for a historical island getaway. In the years between the Civil War and the early Cold War, Boston Harbor was ringed with ever more elaborate coastal defenses, the size and complexity of which peaked during World War I. The chain of forts surrounding Boston Harbor protected not only the city itself, but[…]
Check below for last minute cancellations. This filled up on May 9, but there are usually some cancellations when we are a few days from the event. The number of tickets available, if any, will appear in the ticket order window below. This Independence Day weekend, join us for a private tour of the homes[…]
Update: Event photos Founded in 1716, Boston Light is America’s oldest light station and today the last manned lighthouse in the Coast Guard system. Over the years, the lighthouse was celebrated in a poem by young Ben Franklin, thrice burned by Patriot forces, then blown up by the retreating British. Since being rebuilt in[…]
Update: Event photos Updated May 9: Sold out. Join us on May 22 for a behind the scenes tour of the Waterworks Museum, hosted by the Director of Operations Eric Peterson. History enthusiasts, steam geeks, and architecture buffs will gain a unique perspective on the buildings, collections, and neighborhood that make up the Metropolitan[…]
The Commonwealth Museum is the public face of our state archives. On this tour, museum director Stephen Kenney will introduce us to the museum’s permanent collection, which traces the development of rights through a series of period galleries. The museum’s permanent collection includes treasures such as the 1629 Massachusetts Bay Colony charter, the 1691 Province of Massachusetts charter ,[…]
Updated Saturday, February 27: We had a great tour today. Pictures below. Private “behind-the-scenes” servants tour of the Gibson House. Thanks to Michelle Coughlin for helping arrange this. From Michelle: The Gibson House Museum is treasured for the story it tells about upper-middle-class life in Boston during the late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Its elegant wallpapers, imported[…]
Thanks to Marianna for the great event last month, and to Jake and Nicole for helping line up events for the rest of the year. Here’s where we stand (with updates as of March 22): January – Marianna – Private tour of political poster and memorabilia collection (pictures) February – Lee – Gibson House – February[…]
Updated January 27: We had a great evening, thanks to Scott and to his colleagues. Photos from the evening are below. With objects dating to 1844, Scott Ferson has the largest collection of displayed American political posters outside the Smithsonian, and he also has an extensive collection of Ted Kennedy memorabilia. (Scott worked as[…]
Two hundred years ago, Iowa was completely covered by prairies, forests, and a variety of wetlands. Now, prairie, forest, and wetlands cover less than 8 percent of the state. The remainder of the state is covered by farms, roads, towns, and cities. How did that happen? Who influenced the patterns that we see today? From[…]
[slides] Marketing and communications tools for historical societies and other history organizations
As a board member of an all-volunteer, member-supported historical society, Lee knows firsthand the challenge of reaching beyond an organization’s existing membership base to attract guests to programs and special events. In this talk he’ll review several free resources and tools, including a new weekly e-mail in development, “History Events in Iowa,” and the annual[…]
In the spring of 2015 we started monthly outings that gave people signed up for the History Camp Boston mailing list unique opportunities to learn more about history. As you can see from the list of events for 2015 (below), there is a wide variety, and they all have one thing in common: These tours or[…]
Update: Photos (Many more pictures available from Lee and Jake) The Museum of World War II is not a museum in the traditional sense. Most of the items are not behind cases and they don’t have many traditional displays, at least not yet. In fact, it has only been open to all but a small[…]
Gore Place is the 1806 country estate of Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore. Sometimes called “The Monticello of the North,” Gore Place is one of the most significant Federal Period mansions in New England. Gore Place has offered us a tour of the recently relocated and restored 1793 Carriage House while talking about adapting historic buildings for modern use. This would be followed by a tour of their next big project, the restoration of missing staircases and other elements in the kitchen and laundry areas, which would include a visit to a portion of the cellar which is not usually open to the public. Finally, they would take us on a quick walk through of the living quarters that are part of the usual house tour.