Welcome to Boston—where History Camp was born!

In 2014, History Camp founder Lee Wright was inspired by attending an un-conference format call Bar Camp—and decided to bring this flexible, fun, and affordable model to the history community.

Since then, History Camp Boston has grown to be our largest and most well-attended event, with more than 550 registrants in 2020! While all topics are welcome at History Camp, the presentations at History Camp Boston draw from the region’s rich history and the nearby libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, universities, and deep cultural love of history—which is all around you in Boston.

We traditionally hold History Camp in the spring or early-summer. In the days around our casual conference, we also offer special tours and access to historic sites and repositories in and around Boston (many of which are lead by docents and U.S. Park Rangers who present at History Camp), walking tours, social events, and meetups. Many of our attendees extend their stay in Boston to take advantage of these unique events—all of which will be communicated to History Camp registrants. It’s always a busy and fun week!

Below you will find some materials from past History Camp Boston events, including recorded sessions, handouts, speaker schedules, and photo galleries. If you want to discover the essence of History Camp, check out these archive materials!

History Camp Boston is produced by The Pursuit of History, the non-profit organization that engages adults in conversation about history and connects them with historic sites in their communities and across the country through innovative in-person and online programming.

History Camp Schedule Update:
We do not have any in-person History Camps scheduled for 2021. However, we are very optimistic that we will be able to hold History Camps in-person in 2022. Yeah! In the meantime, please join us Thursday nights at 8pm, Eastern, for History Camp Discussions with leading history authors and historians and sign-up for our newsletter for updates about all upcoming events.

History Camp Boston Outings

Roughly once a month, History Camp Boston holds exclusive outings to historic sites and history museums and archives. You’ll find information on upcoming and past outings here. Note that registration is required and these often fill up weeks or months in advance.


Annual History Camps

Explore session descriptions, recordings, slideshows, photo galleries, and handouts from past History Camps via the links below.

[Please note that we are migrating our vast library onto a single platform and not all materials are yet available—but we’re working on it! History Camp Boston 2019 and 2018 are currently the most complete. Or, view all our recorded presentations.]

Past Presentations from History Camp Boston

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