Supporting History Camp

History Camp fills an important need today

  • Only one-third of Americans can pass the citizenship test. [1]
  • Americans have trouble identifying historical figures and events correctly, such as who General Dwight D Eisenhower was, or which states were the original 13 colonies. [2]
  • Social Studies was relegated to second-tier status when major school reform legislation was enacted at the Federal level in 2002. As a result, schools spend more time, money and effort on teaching subjects that are covered in the most important standardized tests, with much less attention paid to history. [3]
  • Decline in civics education links to the decline in civic participation. [4]
  • Enrollment in history is down at colleges across the nation, especially at the graduate level. [5]

While there are excellent organizations focused on history teachers and their students, there is nothing aimed at adults.

History Camp makes an impact

History Camp brings together adults from all walks of life, regardless of their profession or occupation, education or degree, or organizational affiliation.  The common bond is an interest in learning more about history and sharing what they’ve learned with others.

There are more than 200 million adults aged 25 and over in the United States, and they make up two-thirds of the population.  They are the ones who . . .

  • Volunteer and serve on boards of history organizations
  • Donate to and become members of history organizations
  • Visit and promote historic sites and history organizations
  • Vote and speak to their elected representatives about supporting history and historic preservation in their communities

Influencing this group makes a direct and immediate impact in our communities and our country.

The people who come love it.  And many become more active in their communities and do even more to support history and historic preservation.

Here’s how you can support  History Camp

To support an existing History Camp, contact the person or persons who organize the History Camp in that city, region, or state. Links to contact information appear under each History Camp page on this site.

If you’re interested expanding History Camp to new cities and making more History Camp content available to more people, contact Lee Wright, founder of History Camp.


[1] Riccards, Patrick. “National Survey Finds Just 1 in 3 Americans Would Pass Citizenship Test.” Woodrow.org.  https://woodrow.org/news/national-survey-finds-just-1-in-3-americans-would-pass-citizenship-test/ (accessed November 21, 2018).
[2] Ibid.
[3] Hansen, Michael, and Elizabeth Mann Levesque, Jon Valant, and Diana Quintero. “The 2018 Brown Center Report on American Education.” Brookings.edu. https://www.brookings.edu/multi-chapter-report/the-2018-brown-center-report-on-american-education/ (accessed November 21, 2018).
[4] Ibid.
[5] Brookins, Julia. “Enrollment Continues to Decline: AHA Survey Again Shows Fewer Undergraduates in History Courses.” Historians.org. https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/february-2018/enrollment-declines-continue-aha-survey-again-shows-fewer-undergraduates-in-history-courses (accessed November 21, 2018). And Schmidt, Benjamin. “The Humanities Are in Crisis.” TheAtlantic.com. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/08/the-humanities-face-a-crisisof-confidence/567565/ (accessed November 21, 2018).