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Lycoming County Historical Society

Summer History Day Camp 2011

Our Summer Day Camp, is, well, HISTORY!

By Caleb Huff, Day Camp Coordinator

This year’s Summer Day Camp was, once again, a success! However, unlike previous years, this summer’s day camp had a new theme. Being that it is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War this year’s camp theme was the Civil War and Victorian era. Starting on Monday July 25 and ending Friday July 29, campers experienced a week of Victorian and Civil War activities. On Monday the campers learned about the railroad, its impact on our area and its use during the Civil War, as well as the steam engine demonstration with a miniature steam locomotive. On Tuesday the Campers toured Park Place with Mrs. Peter Herdic, and made seashell boxes, a popular Victorian item. Wednesday was the big Civil War day; campers spent time in the stocks of the provost marshal, and learned the gruesome business of being an army surgeon and field hospital nurse during the Civil War. One cannot talk about the Victorian era in Williamsport without mentioning Williamsport’s lumbering heritage. Therefore, on Thursday the campers learned about Williamsport’s lumber boom and cut their own individual pieces of lumber with a cross cut saw. Following the lumber activities the campers cruised the Susquehanna on the Hiawatha river boat, considered to be the “favorite” activity of the week by many of the campers. The campers wrapped up the week, on Friday, with a tour of the Rowley House and a lesson in Victorian manners by Miss Manners. These are only a few of the highlights from the week — as one can imagine the campers were busy learning and having fun; one camper’s favorite part of camp was the fact that he “was never bored.” We cannot thank enough all the volunteers and organizations who made this camp possible; without your generosity this camp would not have been, as one camper put it, “the best camp I’ve ever been to.”

Here are some scenes from this year’s camp: