Museum plans summer camp


First Posted: 6/22/2009

A Hands on History summer camp for students will be offered from July 6-10 by Mount Airy Museum of Regional History.
Sessions will be conducted for ages 5 to 7 from 9 a.m. to noon daily, with those in the 8-to-15 age group to meet each day from 1 to 4 p.m.
The camp is an opportunity to get history out of the classroom and into your hands, an organizer explained.
Different subjects will be explored as the week progresses, with students permitted to register for as many sessions as they want. However, each segment is limited to 20 participants and preregistration is advised.
The sessions include:
Committed to Paper, on July 6, which will explore where history would be without paper, including documents such as the Declaration of Independence and letters, diaries and other materials.
Granite City, on July 7 Much of this city, including the museum, is built on granite. That days program will be devoted to rocks and minerals common to the area.
Music By Necessity, on July 8 Participants will be shown how easy it is to make musical instruments, in preparation for a program next year involving the Smithsonian Institution. That program, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian and the North Carolina Humanities Council.
The Museum is Abuzz, on July 9 This session will focus on how bees, which might seem a nuisance in summer, are vital for flowers, fruits, vegetables, honey and beeswax. It will include facts and fun surrounding honeybees.
Terrific Textiles, on July 10 With Mount Airy being full of old textile mills, participants will learn about the role textiles played in history, how producing them has changed and how to create their own.
The cost for each session is $12, with the exception of the Wednesday Music By Necessity program that will be offered free of charge. The fees will cover the costs of materials used; scholarships might be available, with those requiring one asked to contact the museum.
A snack will be provided for all participants at each program.
At the end of the camp week, a Saturday community celebration for the Hands on History program is planned from 9 to 11 a.m., to which participants can invite family members and friends.
The museum will exhibit crafts and creations of hands-on historians and document the fun with Mount Airy Museum of Regional Historys first-ever time capsule. Refreshments will be served during the gathering that is free to the public.
Those wanting to preregister for the camp or obtain more information are asked to contact Heather Elliott at the museum at 786-4478, ext. 228.

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