History Camp Online

Upcoming broadcasts

Scroll down for an archive of all of previous interviews.

August 13 – 8 pm (Eastern): Chris Dubbs, author of An Unladylike Profession: American Women War Correspondents in World War I (Potomac Books), on the untold story of the first women war correspondents and their pioneering coverage from the front lines of the first World War.

August 20 – 8 pm (Eastern): Jim Christ, President of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund, on the Battle of Paoli, sometimes called the Paoli Massacre, and also what happened after the battle was over and why War of 1812 veterans built the 2nd oldest Revolutionary War monument in the United States.

August 27 – 8 pm (Eastern): Daniel Gifford, historian and author of The Last Voyage of the Whaling Bark Progress: New Bedford, Chicago, and the Twilight of an Industry.

Discussion topic: The journey of the Progress, an authentic whaler transformed into a whaling museum for Chicago’s 1893 world’s fair, symbolized the dying whaling industry in the Gilded Age.

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History Camp interviews with noted authors and historians

Robert Forrant, historian and author of Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike (Arcadia Publishing)

The 1912 Bread and Roses labor strike in Lawrence, MA, which united people from 40 different nationalities to fight together against the powerful Wool Trust for better working conditions.  

Benjamin Myers, author of American Citizen: The Civil War Writings of Captain George A Brooks, 46th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

The experiences of Captain George Brooks of the 46th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War

Ed O’Donnell, history professor and host of In the Past Lane podcast

What was the Gilded Age—and are we in one again?

Serena Zabin, historian and author of The Boston Massacre: A Family History (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

A new take on the Boston Massacre, as a family history and what that means for our understanding of the origins of the American Revolution. Interviewed July 16, 2020.

Peter Stark, historian and author of Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father (HarperCollins Publishers)

George Washington learned some very difficult lessons in the wilderness when he was in his 20s that shaped his leadership skills and ultimately his approach to prosecuting the war and serving as our nation’s first president. Interviewed July 9, 2020.

Lindsay Chervinsky, Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies and Senior Fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies and author of The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution.

George Washington created the first presidential Cabinet – discover how this came about, how it worked, and what precedent Washington established. Interviewed July 2, 2020.

Ted Widmer, author of Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington (Simon & Schuster)

Abraham Lincoln’s remarkable 13-day journey to Washington for his first inauguration. Interviewed June 25, 2020.

Lorna Hainesworth, Ambassador and National Traveler.  She is a lifetime member of the Surveyors Historical Society and the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, an associate member of the Department of the Geographer and the District of Columbia Association of Land Surveyors, a founding member of the Lewis and Clark Trust and The Pursuit of History, Inc. She has presented at History Camps across the country.

Discussing the Historic National Road, also known as the nation’s first interstate highway or the road that built America. Interviewed June 18, 2020.

Don Cygan, historian, author of No Silent Night: The Christmas Battle for Bastogne (Penguin Group) professor, and presenter at History Camp Colorado.

The Battle for Bastogne, one part of the Battle of the Bulge, during WWII. Interviewed June 11, 2020.

Stephen F. Knott, author of The Lost Soul of the American Presidency: The Decline into Demagoguery and the Prospects for Renewal (University Press of Kansas). Stephen is a regular presenter at History Camp Boston.

The trajectory of the office of President from its conception as a neutral, unifying office to a presidency of popular consent. Interviewed June 4, 2020.

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

The smallpox epidemic in Boston in 1764 and epidemics during the Revolutionary era. We’ll also get a sneak peek into Dr. Forman’s upcoming book, Ill-Fated Frontier. Interviewed May 28, 2020.

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

The Declaration of Independence and lesser known Revolutionary facts and figures of 1776.

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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.

The history of one of America’s earliest industries: Whaling. Interviewed May 14, 2020.

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 can 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, in the store.

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 and a presenter at History Camp Boston. Interviewed May 7, 2020.

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

J.L. Bell, author of The Road to Concord and regular presenter at History Camp Boston and History Camp Pioneer Valley.

Discussing 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.

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

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