Traveling History Program

Life in Colonial Backcountry Camp

(during the American Revolution)

Saturday October 12th OR Saturday, November 16th

Times: 9am to 2pm

Location: Harris Depot Park

Ages: 8-12 years old

$45 per person

Instructor: Matthew Waisner

Minimum: 10 Maximum: 20

Registration is first come first serve.

American Revolution 1

This camp would give the camper a look into life in the backcountry before and during the American Revolution. They would experience what games where played during the time    period, music of the time period, what dance looked like, what kind of skills would have been needed for survival in the backcountry, Militia (Military Drill), take a nature hike, and make a time period craft. The camper will come away with a great first hand experience of Colonial life.

Examples of things the campers will learn about and do: Colonial Life, Colonial Craft, Colonial Dance, Militia (Military Drill), Colonial Games, and more!

Campers should bring a lunch (nut free please) and a bottle of water. They should wear closed toe shoes.

About Instructor Matthew Waisner: 

My name is Matthew Waisner and I have loved history as far back as I can remember. I started reenacting history as well as educating others regarding history in 1996. I began with The American Civil War and have since branched out to the Colonial Period including Life in the Backcountry, The American Revolution, and the turn of the 19th century. I am always looking for new time periods and ways of making history leap off the page! History is fun and should be made fun. History is a compass! Without it we do not know where we have been and where we are going.

I graduated from Mars Hill University with a BA in History. Following graduation, I took a position at Historic Latta Planation as an interpreter and over time became the event coordinator, educator, and site director. In the 11 years I spent there I worked on creating and running events, running camps, creating and performing education programs, conducting house tours, and coordinating and working with volunteers. Since leaving Latta Plantation I have created History Alive which takes history programs and camps to schools, parks, events, and more. My programs are for all ages and are interactive. They play on your census: taste, touch, smell, hear, and feel so that you truly experience history and leave with an appreciation and understanding of what those that went before us went through and experienced. For a brief moment you are transported back into time.

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