History Camp, the unconference for all things history
Iowa 2015 slides
Slides are posted from two Iowa presentations.
Boston 2015 Slides
We have slides posted from six sessions, check them out.
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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Please join us as we explore historic Marblehead on a morning walk, lunch, a tour of the Lee Mansion, and an afternoon walk. Come for one or more—or all. When and where 10 am to noon: Marblehead 17th Century Walking Tour This walk focuses on the early settlement of Marblehead (up to 1715) and includes a discussion of[…]
In 1739, Isaac Royall, Jr inherited his father’s brick home in Charlestown (now Medford). Though the house had already been expanded since being built in 1692 on the site of an earlier John Winthrop house, Royall greatly expanded and remodeled it over the years. Royall was a wealthy slave trader, and he added a large[…]
The American Antiquarian Society is opening their doors on the Saturday after History Camp Boston for a special behind the scenes tour and talk. Founded in 1812 by Revolutionary War patriot and printer Isaiah Thomas, the American Antiquarian Society is both a learned society and a major independent research library. The AAS library today houses[…]
New this year and taking place as part of History Camp Weekend: On Sunday, March 19, special events for History Camp attendees. In addition to the conference on March 18, these additional activities are being programmed by local institutions. Each will have its own ticket, with ticketing and registration handled by each presenting organization. Refer[…]
Join us at the Museum of Russian Icons, to learn the story of Russia as told through icons and other cultural artifacts Museum Registrar, Laura Garrity-Arquitt, will lead visitors on a guided tour exploring Russian history and culture from early Byzantine influence through the soviet era. Visitors will have the opportunity to view several objects[…]
Update: Photos! Join us at the Boston City Archives, where we will have the opportunity to view a handpicked selection of treasures with Marta Crilly, Archivist for Research and Outreach. Boston City Archives houses more than 35,000 cubic feet of city records, from poll tax records to school newspapers to the city’s legal files. Their records[…]
Dr. Patricia Richard, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver The wartime environment allowed few opportunities for the “boys in blue” to meet honorable women and they hoped to remedy their situation through correspondence requests. This presentation will reveal the process of research and discovery in 19th century newspapers while examining the humorous and gentle sides[…]
Thanks to the individuals and institutions who have provided unique opportunities every month for our History Camp Boston group. The events (below) have been very popular, and most are full several weeks in advance. (If you’re not on the list to receive e-mail notices when registration opens, sign up for the History Camp Boston list.)[…]
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 (email@example.com), 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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[…]
Update: Event photos Updated October 19: This was sold by May, but we had a few cancellations. These spots will go quickly. Check below to see if there are any left. Visit the Old State House (OSH) where exhibition staff will take a deep dive into the major changes that the Bostonian Society is[…]
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 ,[…]