Junior Docent Camp

The front portico of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House.

Do you know any history-minded young people entering the 4th through the 6th grades? Would they like to become a practicing historian now instead of waiting until they grow up? If so, tell them about Junior Docent Camp at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House this summer.

The dates are Monday, July 9 – Thursday, July 12, 9 AM to 12 PM; and Friday, July 13, 9 AM to 2PM. For Maine Historical Society member families, the cost is $75; for non-member families it’s $100.

Participants in the Junior Docent Camp will explore life in 19th century Portland and go behind the scenes of Maine’s oldest historic house museum. The camp is based at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, the boyhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The mix of indoor and outdoor activities will include 19th century games, gardening, crafts, cooking, and poetry writing. We will learn how Henry and his siblings played, dined, studied, cleaned up, and even got into trouble!

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with librarians and museum curators, and conduct research on a topic or object of their choice. At the end of the week, all participants will be fully trained and prepared to give a tour of the house to family members and guests of their choice. After the tour, families and campers are encouraged to join us in the Longfellow Garden for a brown bag lunch and Henry’ s favorite treat!

Junior Docent Camp is held at the Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. For more information, download the Junior Docent Camp PDF, or contact Rachel Miller, Education Assistant, at rmiller@mainehistory.org or (207) 774-1822 x214.

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