History Camp Online

Future History Camp Online Livestreams

May 28 – 8 pm (Eastern): Sam Forman, author of Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty, Twenty One Heroes, and the upcoming Ill-Fated Frontier, which will be published in 2021. Sam is a regular presenter at History Camp Boston.

Discussion topic: The smallpox epidemic in Boston in 1764 and epidemics during the Revolutionary era. We’ll also get a sneak peak into Dr. Forman’s upcoming book.

June 4 – 8 pm (Eastern): Stephen F. Knott, author of The Lost Soul of the American Presidency: The Decline into Demagoguery and the Prospects for Renewal. Stephen is a regular presenter at History Camp Boston.

Discussion topic: The trajectory of the office of President from its conception as a neutral, unifying office to its current state as a presidency of popular consent.

June 11 – 8 pm (Eastern): Don Cygan, historian, author of No Silent Night: The Christmas Battle for Bastogne, professor, and presenter at History Camp Colorado.

Discussion topic: The Battle for Bastogne, one part of the Battle of the Bulge, during WWII

June 25 – 8 pm (Eastern): Ted Widmer, author of Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington.

Discussion topic: Abraham Lincoln’s 13-day journey to Washington for his first inauguration.


History Camp Online Livestream Archive

May 21, 2020 – Karen A. Chase, author of Carrying Independence

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Karen A. Chase, author of Carrying Independence, presenter at History Camp Virginia.

Discussion topic: The Declaration of Independence and lesser known Revolutionary facts & figures of 1776.

➜ Purchase a copy of Karen A. Chase’s novel, Carrying Independence available at the store.


May 14, 2020 – Eric Jay Dolin, author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, and the upcoming A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes

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Eric Jay Dolin, author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, and the upcoming A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes, presenter at History Camp Boston on July 11.

Discussion topic: Whaling in America

Eric enumerates several sites to learn more about the history of whaling including the Nantucket Whaling Museum, New Bedford Whaling Museum, The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, and Mystic Seaport Museum which has the Charles W. Morgan, the only remaining wooden whaling ship in the world.

You may also watch an excellent gallery talk with New Bedford Whaling Museum curator Akeia Benard, Ph.D.

➜ Purchase a copy of Eric Jay Dolin’s book, Leviathian: The History of Whaling in America available at the store.


April 30, 2020 – Alexander Cain, author of We Stood Our Ground: Lexington in the First Year of the American Revolution


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Alexander Cain, author of We Stood Our Ground: Lexington in the First Year of the American Revolution and I See Nothing but the Horrors of a Civil War. Alex presented at last year’s History Camp Boston and will be presenting again this year.

➜ Purchase a copy of Alexander Cain’s books, We Stood Our Ground and I See Nothing but the Horrors of a Civil War available at the store.


April 16, 2020 – John Bell, author of The Road to Concord

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J.L. Bell, author of “The Road to Concord” interviewed for History Camp Online from Carrie Lund on Vimeo.

Our first History Camp Online session with John Bell, author of Boston 1775 and the book, “The Road to Concord” and a regular presenter at History Camp Boston, took place on Thursday, April 16.

John joined us for a live session to discuss his research into Revolutionary Boston, including countering some often-repeated “facts” about the events that led to the shots fired at Lexington and Concord, and how he discovered those two long-forgotten canon in Boston and Watertown a few years ago.

John will be one of more than 50 presenters at History Camp Boston on July 11. Learn more here: HistoryCamp.org/Boston

These were mentioned in tonight’s program:

1775 map of Boston and Charlestown

1775 map of Boston and the road to Concord

A plan of the town and harbour of Boston and the country adjacent with the road from Boston to Concord, shewing the place of the late engagement between the King’s troops & the provincials, together with the several encampments of both armies in & about Boston. Taken from an actual survey

➜ Purchase a signed and inscribed copy of J.L. Bell’s book, The Road to Concord available at the store.

— Lee and Carrie