History Camp: History Outdoors

Every town has historic street signs, monuments, parks, and buildings, but most of our lives we walk right past these pieces of history. Each week, we will experience history outdoors by completing a series of quests throughout our town each week.  

The Gilder Lehrman Institute NEEDS YOU for this historic mission, so grab an adult, a bicycle or skateboard, or your flip flops to blaze a path toward hidden history that you want to share with us. We can’t wait to hear all about your town’s hidden history!

Starting Monday, June 22, classes will occur twice a week for four weeks on Zoom. Sessions will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. Monday and will be 45 minutes in length. Monday’s sessions will focus on that week’s topic. During the 45-minute Thursday Q&A sessions students will get to ask questions and present their findings.

Class: Monday, 1:00 p.m. ET

Q&A: Thursday, 1:00 p.m. ET

This course has ended. Thank you to all who attended!

Intended Audience

This class is for students in grades 3–5. If space allows, parents, teachers, and families are welcome to audit the course but are asked not to participate in polls or submit discussion questions so that we may prioritize student learning.

Lesson Schedule

Each lesson will show you how to discover and explore historic locations in your town. Families can select which class or classes they would like their students to attend.

Week 1: Monday, June 22, 1:00–1:45 p.m. ET and Thursday, June 25, 1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Significant Street Signs Scavenger Hunt

Week 2: Monday, June 29, 1:00–1:45 p.m. ET and Thursday, July 2, 1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Momentous Monuments in My Town

Week 3: Monday, July 6, 1:00–1:45 p.m. ET and Thursday, July 9, 1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Peek into Parks to Understand Their Power

Week 4: Monday, July 13, 1:00–1:45 p.m. ET and Thursday, July 16, 1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Bold Buildings That Built My Town

Meet Your Teacher 

Mary Huffman is the 2015 National History Teacher of the Year and has nineteen years of experience as an educator in South Carolina. She is completing her Doctorate in Education with a focus on College Teaching and Learning at Walden University. Through the use of integrated, rigorous, interactive curriculum, Mary has developed units that bring history to life, stimulate inquiry within her students, and meet the needs of all the learners since individualized instruction and differentiation are essential.

Participation Certificate

Students who attend 3 out of 4 classes and 3 out of 4 Q&A sessions are eligible to receive a certificate from the Gilder Lehrman Institute confirming their participation in this History Camp course.

Please email historycamp@gilderlehrman.org with any questions.