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19th annual Rowan Museum Camps

Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. Call 704-633-5496 to register.

The Rowan Museum is offering Summer History Camp for students in rising third through fifth grades (elementary sessions), and rising sixth through eighth grades (middle school sessions), providing an insight into Rowan’s history.

Hands-on activities offer a stimulating, educational and fun experience in celebrating their rich heritage here in Rowan County.

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.

Activities include 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 more, as well as early children’s games and folk music.

Middle school students will be involved in advanced activities stemming from those mentioned above, including making gourd bird houses, basket weaving, and studying period clothing, historical interpretation, evening “lanterned” trip to the Old Lutheran Cemetery and a scavenger hunt. Middle school will include one overnight stay at the museum.

The camp is staffed by museum personnel, local history teachers and local college history majors. Refreshments are provided mid-morning. Campers should bring their lunch every day. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

We also offer our fourth Civil War camp for middle school students, a five-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, marches, drills, military maneuvers and more. Refreshments are provided throughout the day. Campers should bring their lunch every day.

Elementary Colonial Camp Session I

Monday-Friday, June 19-23 • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Explore the history of Rowan County at local historical sites, create a journal, practice quill writing, cook over an open fire, dip candles, make paper and more. $150.

Middle School Colonial Camp

Monday-Friday, July 10-14 • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Learn about the history of Rowan County with tours of downtown Salisbury, basket weaving, learning about Colonial clothing and living. Experience colonial cooking at the Old Stone House, explore a cemetery after dark, and spend a night at the museum. $160.

Middle School Civil War Camp

Monday-Friday, July 24-28 • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Experience a week of living during the Civil War, 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, marches, drills, military maneuvers and more. $150.

Elementary Colonial Camp Session II

Monday-Friday, Aug. 7-11 • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Explore the history of Rowan County at local historical sites. Create a journal, practice quill writing, cook over an open fire, dip candles, make paper, and more. $150.

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