Thanks to Marianna for the great event last month, and to Jake and Nicole for helping line up events for the rest of the year.
Here’s where we stand (with updates as of March 22):
- January – Marianna – Private tour of political poster and memorabilia collection (pictures)
- February – Lee – Gibson House – February 26 at noon – View photos from the tour.
- March – History Camp on March 26 – Registration is full.
- April – Due to the opening hours and and exhibit schedule, our tour of the Commonwealth Museum, which we’d originally hoped to do in April, will instead be in May, along with our event at the WaterWorks Museum.
- June – Jake – Boston Light – June 25 at 9:30 am – Register now – very limited.
- July – Jake – Adams NHP / Peacefield – July 2 at 1:00 pm – Sold out.
- August – Jake – Confirmed: Fort Andrews, Peddocks Island – Finalizing the date.
- September – Lee – Massachusetts Historical Society – tentative.
- October – Lee – Old State House – Register now – very limited.
- November – Lee – Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate – November 5 at 10 am – Register now – many registration spots available.
- December – Jake – The House of the Seven Gables Visitor Center in Salem – December 11 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Registration not yet open.
Every month there is a different outing, and each offers something unique—something that isn’t available on the normal public tour or exhibit. This post has a good recap of how these got started and where we went in 2015.
Subscribers to the History Camp Boston mailing list get the first shot at registration. (If you’re not already on the History Camp Boston mailing list, you can subscribe here.)
If you are interested in helping find a site, exhibit, or event for one of the open months, or if your institution is interested in participating, please let me know.
How to handle registrations when there is far more demand than spots available
The response to this month’s Gibson House tour, in which all of the spots were taken in a few hours, was amazing. It also created some understandable disappointment among people who missed getting a spot because they opened the e-mail announcing the event in the afternoon as opposed to first thing in the morning.
One of the goals with the monthly outings is to create unique experiences that draw you out and that further the mission of the organization we visit. As Jake and I have been planning out the rest of the year, we’re running into some other situations where the interest in attending will most likely far outstrip the limit placed by the site.
In those situations, how do you think registration should be handled? Please add your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks for the enthusiastic response to these monthly History Camp outings.