If you have a passion for history, History Camp is for you. It’s a unique opportunity to spend a day with others from all walks of life who have a passion for history, from authors, teachers, genealogists, and students, to park rangers, museum volunteers, librarians, and individuals from other professions and backgrounds.

Sine 2015, History Camp Iowa has been held annually in Des Moines. Our most recent event welcomed more than 100 passionate history enthusiasts who came together to share their stories in two dozen sessions and joined us on outings to historic sites in and around Des Moines.

If you have a suggestion for an outing or would like to apply to present at the next History Camp Iowa, sign-up for our email list below. You will receive information as soon as the next History Camp Iowa call for presenters is announced.

History Camp Iowa is a independent event, organized entirely by volunteers under the History Camp un-conference model.

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.

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.]

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