Reconstructing America: 1880 - 1900

January 31 - February 25,2022

For campers ages 10+, unless otherwise noted within activity descriptions.

Pre-registration required.

What is “All Ages Virtual History Camp”?


Over the past few years The Castle has received numerous requests to make our renowned History Camp classes accessible beyond our 3rd – 6th grade audience. In 2021 we successfully launched our first “All Ages’ version of History Camp. We are excited to be doing our second offering this year!
This year’s “All Ages History Camp” will be a little different than a traditional camp. For the convenience of our “campers” we have broken the camp into just a couple classes a week over four weeks. This virtual experience is geared toward ages ten and up. Each week will feature two classes with bonus classes offered some weeks. Activities will cover various topics related to the era of 1880 – 1900 including Marietta’s 1888 centennial celebrations, the Spanish American War, cultural shifts, and the political atmosphere surrounding Senator Theodore Davis, owner of The Castle 1888 – 1917. You can choose to register for individual activities or the entire camp.


Planned interaction between campers and teacher/presenters

Classes and activities for camp will have interactive elements. We have especially engaging presenters this year who are excited to provide engaging, interactive content to keep the campers attentive and involved.


Payment, Registration, & Using Zoom

Each activity will take place using Zoom. You can choose to register for individual sessions which peak your interest, or register for the full camp at a discounted rate. Individual sessions are priced at $5 per class or $35 for all eight classes, including free access to any bonus classes.

Registering for the Week?

To begin, click on the “Full Camp - $35” button below. After completing the payment process, you should automatically receive via email information for connecting to all classes. Remember to save this information.

Registering for Individual Classes?

By clicking “Register,” you’ll be taken through the payment process. After payment, you’ll be able to register for classes through Zoom. Next, you’ll receive an email with instructions to log-in, after it has been manually approved by our Zoom administrators. You should receive this log-in information in less than 12 hours. Remember to save this information.

We suggest registering at least 30 minutes in advance of each class. We would suggest campers have the assistance of an adult to log-in.

For assistance with the registration process or using Zoom please reach out to us at education@mariettacastle.org or call 740-373-4180.


Receiving Information & Updates – Important!

To receive emails regarding pertinent camp information we suggest adding to your contacts education@mariettacastle.org and Education Director Kyle Yoho’s email kyle@mariettacastle.org to ensure information is being received to your inbox rather than your spam/junk mail folders.


Interested in registering the full camp? Full camp registrations are discounted for just $35 per camper!

Full Camp - $35


Week 1 “Senator Davis’ Day”

On our first week of camp we’ll engage in a few topics related to the political atmosphere of this era, a time when The Castle owner Theodore Davis served in the 68th general assembly of the Ohio Senate for the 14th district and was President Pro Tem for that body.

Monday, January 31

3:30-4:30 PM (EST)

A Virtual Field Trip to The Tennessee State Museum

For our first day of camp, campers will be visiting the Tennessee State Museum’s Civil War and Reconstruction Era Exhibit Gallery focusing our visit on the Reconstruction era! Tennessee may have been a Confederate state, but that doesn’t tell the whole story of how divided Tennesseans were over the issues of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Join us as we look at the issues facing Tennesseans during this time of change.
Important Note! This session will take place via Microsoft Teams not Zoom. The link you receive to access this class will reflect this.

Provider: Tennessee State Museum

The mission of the Tennessee State Museum is to procure, preserve, exhibit, and interpret objects which relate to the social, political, economic, and cultural history of Tennessee and Tennesseans, and to provide exhibitions and programs for the educational and cultural enrichment of the citizens of the state.

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Tuesday, February 1

7:00pm – 8:00pm (EST)

A Virtual Field Trip to The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museum

We’re taking our campers on a virtual adventure to The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum located in Fremont, Ohio! Hayes, a native Ohioan, served as the 19th president of the United States with his single term in office coming to a close in 1881. This virtual tour will feature a tour of the museum highlighting the history of President Hayes and some of the objects relating to our camp’s time period.

Provider: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museum

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums (HPLM) is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. HPLM is located at President Hayes’ 25-acre wooded estate, called Spiegel Grove.

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Thursday, February 3

7:00pm – 8:00pm (EST)

Reconstruction: Post-Civil War Successes and Failures

Reconstruction is one of the most important eras in American history and is defined both for its noteworthy achievements as well as its profound disappointments. In this session, we will examine the successes and failures of the immediate post-Civil War era. We will also discuss the legacy of Reconstruction and how the history of this era in American history informs the present.

Provider: David Graham, Executive Director – Campus Martius and Ohio River Museums

David Graham is the Executive Director of the Campus Martius and Ohio River Museums in Marietta, Ohio. He received a PhD in history from Purdue University in 2015. Prior to that, he completed a Master's in history from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor's degree in history from Marietta College. Before assuming the role of executive director at the museums in Marietta, Dr. Graham served a tenured professor of history and chair of the Social Science Department at Snow College in Utah. He authored a book, Loyalty on the Line: Civil War Maryland in American Memory, published with the University of Georgia Press in December 2018. He has presented his research at both national and international conferences and his writings have appeared in various scholarly journals and publications.

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Week 2 “Changing Times”

​Join us as we explore a few topics relating to the cultural shifts that took place during this period.

Tuesday, February 8

7:00pm – 8:00pm (EST)

 

Birds Then and Now

Did you know some of the most common bird species found in the Mid-Ohio Valley today weren’t even on this continent in the late 19th century? Back then, bird species that are now extinct were familiar here. For example, vast flocks of passenger pigeons sometimes darkened the skies for days as they passed over, and Carolina parakeets were often spotted along riversides. In the late 1800s, massive declines in bird populations resulted from hunting to obtain feathers for women’s hats—a popular fashion craze. During this time, efforts to change this trend began a conservation movement, which persists today. Join us as we explore this fascinating and often forgotten history of how birdlife has changed in the past 150 years or so.

Provider: Dawn Hewitt, Former Editor- Bird Watcher’s Digest

 

Dawn Hewitt was editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest, North America’s oldest popular magazine for bird watchers, which was founded in Marietta in 1978, as well as its sister publication, Watching Backyard Birds. Sadly, the company closed in late 2021. The magazines had tens of thousands of subscribers across North America and around the world. Dawn has been a birder for more than 40 years and has traveled across the country and abroad just to see new bird species.

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Thursday, February 10

7:00pm – 8:00pm (EST)

Impressions of Light: A New Way of Seeing

Just as the 1880s and 1890s witnessed significant developments in technology, society, and politics, so too did the artistic realm conceive of new ways to visually interpret experience. Impressionism was perhaps the art movement of this period with the greatest influence on succeeding eras, up to the present day. This presentation will include a brief introduction to Impressionism, and look for its influences in The Castle collections and works in your own home.

Provider: Wesley Clarke, Collections Manager & Archaeologist – The Castle

Wesley Clarke is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with training in historiography, art history, and material culture analysis. He has conducted field research in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, Thailand, and Cambodia, and is currently excavating the 1808 Clark Pottery site at The Castle Museum.

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Week 3 “Marietta’s 100th Birthday”

This week we’re getting involved in some of the activities behind Marietta’s historic centennial celebrations of the beginning of the city and establishment of the Northwest Territory!

Monday, February 14

7:00pm – 8:00pm (EST)

A Brief History of a Historic Celebration

The history of Marietta’s Centennial is quite a bit more interesting than you might glean from face value. Through a dramatic series of events Marietta held two rival celebrations of its 100th birthday, hosted speakers and dignitaries of regional and national acclaim, and tried its darndest to put itself on the map. This presentation will feature intriguing primary sources and rare images of the people and places behind the celebration.

Provider: Kyle Yoho, Education Director – The Castle

Kyle Yoho has served as the Education Director for The Castle since 2015 and is an Adjunct Professor of Museum Studies for Marietta College. He received his BA in History from Marietta College and MA in Public History from Wright State University. Kyle has planned museum public programs for all ages for 15 years.
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Tuesday, February 15

7:00pm - 8:00pm (EST)

Museum Methods: Curating & Exhibits

During the centennial, displays of historical artifacts drew large crowds. Many of these artifacts were a hundred years old, but sometimes much older. How do you guarantee objects last so long and how do you exhibit them? We’ll answer these questions using a modern take from two museum professionals. Enjoy learning about the thought that goes on behind the scenes at many of your favorite museums with this engaging presentation!

Providers: Wesley Clarke, Collections Manager & Archaeologist – The Castle & Leslie Wagner, Historian – Dawes Arboretum

 

Wesley Clarke is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with training in historiography, art history, and material culture analysis. He has conducted field research in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, Thailand, and Cambodia, and is currently excavating the 1808 Clark Pottery site at The Castle Museum.

 

Leslie Wagner is the Historian at The Dawes Arboretum in Newark. She creates a new exhibit every year from artifacts in The Arboretum’s historic collections. This year, her exhibit will feature clothing of Beman and Bertie Dawes. Leslie has a MA in American Studies from Bowling Green State University.

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Week 4 World Events

In our last week of camp, we’ll explore America’s involvement in some world changing events that occurred at the end of the century highlighting the Spanish American War and a new progressive musical movement sweeping across the nation.

Tuesday, February 22

7:00 pm – 8:00pm (EST)

Empires Rise & Empires Fall

With the world poised to begin a new century, a series of events in the last years of the 1890’s caused a dramatic shift in the established world order. As one nation aggressively worked to increase its influence and power, another lost its last colonial possessions, signifying an end to its long-standing supremacy. What role did the United States play in this drama? Find the answer and discover the dynamic personalities and momentous events that brought about this profound global change. Test your knowledge of geography and history and enjoy hearing music and learning a few phrases in another language as well!

Provider: Terri Marlow, Volunteer – The Castle

Terri Marlow is a Castle volunteer, serving as a docent and a member of the Education Task Force. After her 40+ years as a high school Spanish teacher, Terri now enjoys learning Marietta history with younger students during “Day at the Castle” activities as well as exploring various aspects of US history during History Camp.

 

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Wednesday, February 23

7:00pm – 8:0pm (EST)

The US Soldier of the Spanish American War

Who were the soldiers that made up the US Army during the Spanish American War? Let a soldier tell you! He’ll show off and explain his army issue clothing and equipment. Don’t’ miss this opportunity to learn about the life of a Spanish American War soldier!

Provider: Sergeant First Class Joshua Mann, Historian – Ohio Army National Guard

Sergeant Mann is the Historian for the Ohio Army National Guard (OHARNG), a position he has held since 2005. In addition, he serves as the curator of the OHARNG Historical Collections. He enlisted in 1995 and served in the Scout Platoon of the 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry before assuming his present assignment. He was a member of the Ohio World War I Centennial Committee, the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, and a working group member of the Ohio Civil War 150 Commission.

 

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Friday, February 25

7:00pm – 8:00pm (EST)

The Beau Ideal: John Philip Sousa Becomes An American Musical Icon

John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) is known as "The March King" for having composed over 136 marches during his life, but it was his reach as a conductor, bandleader, and showman for nearly 60 years, as well as his infectious performance style that captured the national attention and made his name a household word. The expression “beau ideal” was used in the early 1890’s to describe anything that had caught the public fancy, and this is certainly an apt nickname for Sousa as much as his more well-known moniker. During the period of 1880-1900, Sousa went from directing the Marine Band in Washington D.C., to traveling across the country playing thousands of concerts every year with his own professional touring concert band. This session will focus on Sousa's activities during one of the most important periods in his life and explore how he was able to achieve a level of fame in his time akin to Ed Sheeran, U2, Madonna, and Michael Jackson, all in the days before TikTok, YouTube, the internet, and even television and radio. And most importantly, we'll listen to some of his most popular marches written at this time, such as The Washington Post, Semper Fidelis, and The Stars and Stripes Forever!

Provider: John Connors – Music Historian

John Connors has loved the music of John Philip Sousa his entire life. In his full-time profession, he has the opportunity to perform marches by Sousa and other band music as a trombone player in the United States Army. He has been in the Ohio Army National Guard since 2007 and serves full-time as the Readiness NCO of the 122nd Army Band of Columbus. Outside of the Army, John performs as a freelance musician around the state and region with a variety of ensembles and is an avid musician in the Civil War living history hobby. He is also Associate Conductor of the Medina Community Band of Medina, Ohio, a group which specializes in performing Sousa's music and has been honored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation as a Sudler Silver Scroll Historic Certificate recipient band in 2015.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A. Our “All Ages History Camp” will follow the same values as our History Camp for kids. We will have engaging and educational activities occurring with engaging, professional presenters excited to connect campers to the past. The one main difference between the two being the schedule. Based on survey results we have decided to parcel out our “All Ages History Camp” over a few days a week across a few weeks instead of a single week. We pride ourselves on providing active, participatory, and educational activities to connect our campers to important facets of each time period we cover. To help us create professional quality programs, The Castle collaborates with professional interpreters and educators, skilled artisans, and historians passionate to connect their audience to the past. This camp is perfect for anyone with a passive or intense interest in history! We guarantee a fun, engaging experience for all who come to learn.
A.Absolutely, we will. Our annual History Camp for students entering 3rd – 6th grades will occur as usual the first full week following the Fourth of July (July 11 – 15, 2022.) This coming History Camp will highlight the decades 1900 – 1920. More information and registration material will be available later this year!
A. History Camp is a 5-day camp filled with engaging and educational activities for students entering 3rd – 6th grades. Activities like crafts, games, music, dancing, and impressive presentations are utilized to connect campers to the past. Each year’s camp features a different period of history focusing on the history of our local area. Camps have ranged from the early 1800s to as late as the 1960s. We pride ourselves on providing active, participatory, and educational activities to connect our campers to important facets of each time period we cover. To help us create professional quality and student-friendly programs, The Castle collaborates with professional interpreters and educators, skilled artisans, and historians passionate to connect a young audience to the past. This camp is perfect for any students with a passive or intense interest in history! We guarantee a fun, engaging experience for all who come to learn.
A.History Camp strives to cover the major movements and changes that take place during the camp’s selected historical time frame. Much of our content is focused on engaging campers with the cultural and social history of the given time period through an active learning environment comparing and contrasting the differences between present-day and the era being discussed.
A. Our providers for History Camp activities include Castle staff and volunteers, skilled artisans, educators, historians, and professional interpreters. History Camp reaches out to local, regional, and sometimes experts from across the country to provide fascinating, engaging experiences for campers. In the past, our camp has worked with the Historian of the Ohio Army National Guard, Marietta College professors, local art and music instructors, expert collectors, regional singer-songwriters, and nationally acclaimed interpreter Cheyney McKnight of Not Your Momma’s History. All presenters are carefully selected because of their historical expertise and passion for actively engaging their audience with the past.
A.As one the larger educational programs the museum offers, this camp utilizes a large amount of resources. Additionally, to ensure campers enjoy the highest quality experience, several professional presenters are hired to create a great camp experience. To support the educational mission of this camp, donations can be made to The Castle online by following this link. https://mariettacastle.org/support/give/ For further information on how you can support this camp, please contact the museum’s Director Scott Britton by calling 740-373-4180. Volunteers who support our educational mission for students provide a huge contribution to this camp. If you are interested in volunteering with The Castle, please follow this link to our online volunteer application form https://mariettacastle.org/support/volunteer/
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