October 13, 2018
(Location to be announced soon)
An 1830s Fur Trader converses about the Plains Indian Trade
By Michael Schaubs, First Person Interpreter, author, retired geologist
First person living history, as a Bent & St Vrain Trader on my way out to trade with a Cheyenne Indian village. I’d talk about establishing relations, giving presents, Indians as knowledgeable, sophisticated consumers, the types of goods I’d be trading, what the Indians used in exchange, and myths of the fur trade. If two tables can be provided I can lay out a representative display of the types of goods that would be traded.
The Christmas Day Battle for Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge
By Don Cygan, Historian, Author, Professor
As the Battle of the Bulge raged, a small force of American solders—including the famed 101st Airborne division, tank destroyer crews, engineers, and artillerymen—was completely surrounded by Hitler’s armies in the Belgian town of Bastogne. Taking the town was imperative to Hitler’s desperate plan to drive back the Allies and turn the tide of the war. The attack would come just before dawn.
As the outnumbered, undersupplied Americans gathered in church for services or shivered in their snow-covered foxholes on the fringes of the front lines, freshly reinforced German forces of men and tanks attacked. The battle was up close and personal, with the cold, exhausted soldiers of both armies fighting for every square foot of frozen earth.
Skiing Off to War
By Thomas Duhs, Author, Retired Marine
The 10th Mountain Division trained at Camp Hale, near Leadville Colorado from Nov 1942 to June 1944. The only mountain division was unique in how the men were recruited, trained, and employed in Italy to end the war in May 1945. After the war these troops had an effect on skiing as well.
If you are interested in presenting and haven’t been to History Camp before, there are important ways in which being a part of History Camp is different than being a speaker at a conference. It comes down to this: We’re all in this together, which means, among other things . . .
• Everyone comes at the beginning and stays until the end. Speakers do not just come for their session and leave.
• No one is paid. This is an all-volunteer effort designed to break even.
• You are your own A/V tech. Just arrive early if you are doing the first session so you have plenty of time to set up, and stay until the next person comes so you can help them.
• Everyone pays. There is no formal organization behind History Camp. Your payment, along with those from everyone else, means that the organizers don’t have to dig in to their own pockets to make up the shortfall.
• Everyone shares. If you have slides, we’ll help you post them to the History Camp site. We may also videotape or stream your presentation live (such as on Facebook) so that people who can’t attend can benefit from History Camp.
If History Camp sounds like its for you, please fill out this form. Browse prior years to read about other presentations as well as the different formats that have been used. If you have questions, please let me know.