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Summer fun: Rowan Museum takes step back in time

Rowan Museum Summer Camps
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Summer History Camp
The Rowan Museum is offering its 14th annual Summer History Camp for students in rising third- through fifth-grades (elementary sessions), and rising sixth- through eighth-grades (middle school session).
These weeks will provide an insight into Rowan’s history. Hands-on activities will provide a stimulating, educational and fun experience in celebrating the rich heritage of Rowan County.
Campers will explore many different aspects of Rowan’s early history. The camp location will involve all museum sites, as well as a visit to the Old English Cemetery, Freedman’s Cemetery and many other local historic sites.
Campers will participate in activities such as book making/journal keeping/quill writing, cemetery search/rubbings, local lore and ghost stories, tin punch, weaving fabric and rugs, old tools/antiques/artifacts use and recognition, candle dipping, outdoor cooking/butter making, gardening and many other activities, as well as early children’s games and folk music.
Middle school students will be involved in many advanced activities stemming from those mentioned above, including making gourd bird houses, basket weaving and studying period clothing, historical interpretation, following the History and Art Trail, and a scavenger hunt. Middle school will also include one overnight stay at the museum.
The camp will be staffed by museum personnel, local history teachers and local college history majors.
The fee for each camper is $140 ($120 for museum members). Refreshments will be provided mid-morning. Campers should bring their lunch every day. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
As a result of the camp, the museum gleans potential young volunteers, especially for special events at historic sites.
•Elementary session I- June 25-29 (rising 3rd-5th grades)
• Elementary session II- July 9-13 (rising 3rd-5th grades)
•Elementary session III- Aug. 6-10 (rising 3rd-5th grades)
•Middle School session- July 23-27 (rising 6th-8th grades)
Civil War Camp
The museum will also host its second Civil War camp for Middle Schoolers. This is a 3-day camp in which campers will be mustered into the Union and Confederate Troops, study the history of the war, especially local history, and relive the life of a soldier through 19th century life skills, cooking and medicine, as well as marches, drills, military maneuvers and much more.
The fee for each camper is $120 ($110 for museum members). Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Campers should bring their lunch every day. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Middle School session only: June 17-19 (rising 6th-8th grades).
For more information and to request an application, call the museum office at 704-633-5946.
Rowan Museum Jr. Historians
Since 1953, the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association (THJHA) has been encouraging the study of local and state history by North Carolina’s young people. Membership in the association is free.
You can learn much by talking to a senior citizen, visiting a factory or farm, reading an old newspaper or examining an artifact. Tar Heel Junior Historians make significant contributions to their communities, and in doing so, they learn about themselves. Many of North Carolina’s junior historians have received national recognition for their outstanding achievements.
The Museum’s chapter of Tar Heel Junior Historians is open to students in Middle School, and they may remain in the association throughout high school.
Participants will learn in an active and fun filled environment about the past and present here in Rowan County and the state, and will meet monthly at the museum.
For more information or to pre-register for the club, call 704-633-5946 or email tdcreel@carolina.rr.com

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