Bowdoin to Host Free History Camp for High School Students

Story posted July 09, 2009

Bowdoin is hosting History Camp, a free week-long day camp for high school students who like history, offered by the Maine Humanities Council. The session, to be held July 12-17, 2009, focuses on Arctic exploration.

"Find a Way or Make One," Admiral Robert Peary's motto and History Camp's title, will introduce students to the race to the Pole that captured the public's imagination at the start of the 20th century.

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American flag and sledges at the North Pole in April 1909. Photograph by Robert E. Peary or Matthew Henson.

This year marks the centennial of Peary's successful quest, and students will have the opportunity to explore the new exhibition celebrating this milestone at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum.

Participants will also travel by boat to Eagle Island, Peary's summer home, and will hear a first-hand account of sailing to the Arctic from Charles Hildreth, who, as a young man, accompanied explorer Donald B. Macmillan.

"History Camp provides an exciting, rare experience that allows students to explore aspects Maine history through interaction with historians and fellow students, field trips to historic sites and meetings with special guests," said Erik Jorgensen, executive director of the Maine Humanities Council. "It's a wonderful, free program that any student who likes history will love."

A second week of the camp, to be held July 27-31 at Museum L-A in Lewiston, will explore Maine's long history as a home for immigrants from other countries.

Both day camps are free of charge. For more information, or to register, please contact the Maine Humanities Council.

The Maine Humanities Council is an independent, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the people of Maine deepen their understanding of themselves, their communities and the world. The Council works with volunteer literacy programs, educators, school systems and libraries to promote the power and pleasure of ideas through its programming; the Council also provides grants supporting projects in community history, exhibits, workshops and other areas of study.

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