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.
Contact us for all press inquiries and other questions.
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.
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!"
If you love history, don't miss the next History Camp. If there's not one already planned in your area, help us bring History Camp to your town!
What people are saying about History Camp
Learn more about History Camp
Updated December 21: All the spots have been taken. A private tour of Boston’s Ayer Mansion with the preservation expert leading their current effort, and a wine and cheese reception. Here’s how the organization describes the mansion: “[A] rare surviving example of the residential work of designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. . . . The Ayer Mansion[…]
December 1 update: We have one spot available. It’s as a result of a cancellation. If you’re interested, contact me; you can work out payment with the person who cancelled later. (Ignore the “sold out” message below. When this spot is taken, I’ll update this page.) Take a private tour of the spectacular Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum before[…]
Thanks to Marilynne Roach and the folks at the Watertown Historical Society, we have an opportunity to take a private tour of the Edmund Fowle House. The Fowle House was the headquarters of the executive branch of the Massachusetts legislature for a year and a half at the beginning of the Revolution when Watertown was the de facto[…]
November 10: Updated months as events were finalized. Nearly every month we head to a historic site for a one-of-a-kind experience designed exclusively for people who love history. Our goal is to raise awareness of little-known institutions and their collections and to gain new insights into established institutions. The outings help both the individuals and[…]
Updated: Event pictures by Jake This is a special tour for History Camp which will only take place this once. It includes stops and content that are not part of the public tours. It is led by Professor Emerson “Tad” Baker of Salem State University, author of A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and[…]
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 9 am to 11 am: Marblehead 17th Century Walking Tour This walk focuses on the early settlement of Marblehead (up to 1715) and includes a discussion[…]
Built in 1637, the Fairbanks House is the oldest wooden structure standing in North America. Eight generations of the Fairbanks family lived in and added onto the house between 1637 and 1904. The museum is still owned and operated by the family today. Largely untouched and unrestored, the house is considered to be a prime example of colonial architecture.[…]
Updated June 10, 2017: We are moving this to the fall. Subscribe to the History Camp Boston mailing list to be notified of the new date, and of other special “behind the scenes” events for history lovers. As a followup to his very popular session at History Camp (“Lowell Mills, Industrialization and the Rising of Women[…]
We’re headed to Colonial Newport for the day, with a tour of their archives, lunch at the historic White Horse Tavern, and a walking tour of Colonial Newport. Based on our current arrangement with the guides in Newport, this is limited to 12 people. If you are interested in going, please register below now. (Note[…]
As the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States approaches, there are events and commemorations planned throughout the country. What was Boston’s part in the campaign for the right of women to vote? We will talk about some of the important players in Boston – both women and men – and some of the[…]
Freedom of Thought Day on October 12, a lesser-known-celebration, commemorates the day in 1692 when Massachusetts Governor Sir William Phips supposedly ended the witch trials. But history and Massachusetts politics are seldom so straightforward. Despite growing opposition to the trials after nineteen executions and escalating accusations, Phips still had to deal with crowded prisons, potential[…]
This illustrated presentation tell a remarkable story of women’s self-empowerment in 19th-century Marblehead, Massachusetts as they broke out of extreme poverty caused by the service of more than a thousand men and boys from a similar number of families in both the Revolution and War of 1812, a dramatic change from the mid-1700s when Marblehead had been prosperous as[…]
Jody Blankenship, Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Historical Society (on Twitter @CTHistorical, Instagram @CTHistorical, and Facebook @CTHistoricalSociety), will discuss his organization’s outreach to Hartford’s West Indian Community, and Ana Nuncio, the Settlement Partnership Manager at The House of the Seven Gables (on Twitter @H7Gables, Instagram @H7Gables, and Facebook @7Gables), will describe their Caribbean Connections, Settlement Partnerships, and Community Conversations.
This illustrated talk will draw ideas from almost four centuries of hidden black life to uncover how it “mattered” at the birth of Boston and its continuity. Along the way, we’ll discover what connects a “disdain” singing breeding victim in 1638 (Noddles Island); a fire setting servant in 1723 (downtown wharves); an Appeal writer in[…]
[video] Blood on the Snow: Discovering the History of the Boston Massacre Through Site-Specific Theatre
What happens when two of Boston’s most important cultural resources—its Revolutionary-era historic sites and its talented performing artists—work together? Playwright Patrick Gabridge and historian Nathaniel Sheidley reflect on their experience with Blood on the Snow, the Bostonian Society’s critically-acclaimed play about the aftermath of the Boston Massacre. The play premiered at the Old State House[…]
Download the handout: Chandler_History_Camp_Handout Similar to the growing revolutionary movement, the North Carolina Regulator Rebellion began in the 1760s with petitions and pamphlets from colonists calling themselves Regulators and progressed towards increasingly violent attacks on the North Carolina government before ending in defeat at the Battle of Alamance in 1771. This session will explore their actions[…]
You may not know what a Landsknecht is, but I can almost guarantee you’ve seen one. Landsknecht appear in military history games, on eCards circulating on Facebook, and at many renaissance faires around the country. Landsknecht soldiers were the punk rockers of the renaissance, setting the fashion for everyone from burghers to kings. Henry VIII[…]
There is no singular authoritative version of the Declaration of Independence. Most Americans and many historians consider “the” Declaration of Independence to be the engrossed and signed parchment at our National Archives. The image that comes to mind when most people think of the Declaration is actually the William J. Stone facsimile of that signed[…]
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[…]
Updated March 24: Park on the street or in the lot at 90 Park Avenue and then come to the main library building at 185 Salisbury Street. All bags will need to be checked in lockers. If you have any mobility issues, please send a note to Jim now. The American Antiquarian Society is opening[…]
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[…]