All Ages Virtual History Camp:

Divided & United: 1860 – 1870’s
February 2 – 26, 2021
For campers ages 10+, unless otherwise noted within activity descriptions.
Pre-registration required.

History Camp

Important Camp Information


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. Given our recent foray into a virtual camp in 2020, we are happy to finally provide a History Camp for all ages!

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 1860 – 1870s, primarily the Civil War. You can choose to register for individual activities or the entire camp.


Planned interaction between campers and teacher/counslors

Classes and activities for camp will have interactive elements and some will be hands-on. We have especially engaging presenters this year who are excited to provide engaging, interactive content to keep the campers attentive and involved. For hands-on activities, detailed below, we have provided cohesive instructions and lists of supplies.


Payment, Registration, & Using Zoom

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

Registering for the Full Camp? 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 twelve classes.

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.

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.


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

Full Camp - $35


Camp Activity Descriptions


Week 1 "Prelude"

On our first day of camp we’ll explore events, culture, and lifestyles leading up to the Civil War.

Tuesday, February 2 7pm - 8pm

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Underground Railroad Connections

Learn about Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Ohio connections. She was able to write the internationally famous anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, because of the 18 years living in the border city of Cincinnati, OH. This session will demonstrate how Harriet learned what was necessary for her to write the book and highlight Harriet’s many links to the Underground Railroad. We’ll combine discussion and video as we learn together.

Provider: Christina Hartlieb, Executive Director – Harriet Beecher Stowe House


Christina Hartlieb is the Executive Director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati. She oversees museum operations and educational programming for students and adults. Prior to working at the landmark historic site, Christina was a high school social studies teacher.




The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is operated as a historical and cultural site, focusing on a legacy of humanity and justice. Harriet Beecher Stowe House 2950 Gilbert Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45206 Click here to learn more about the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.

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Thursday, February 4
7pm – 8pm

High Fashion: Civilian Ladies Fashion

We think you’ll be surprised to learn what it took to simply get dressed everyday living in the 1860s for a woman. Join costumed interpreter Julia wearing the latest in 1860s ladies fashion as she demonstrates and explains the history and purpose behind her clothing.

Provider: Julia Dagg

Julia is a Civil War researcher, educator, and living historian. She's been involved in the living history and reenacting communities for about ten years now. Julia holds a bachelors in History from OSU with interests in textile conservation, historical reproduction, and fashion history. In her undergrad she worked with the OSU costume institute, and volunteered at the Rutherford B Hayes home and museum. Julia's favorite parts of the hobby are connecting people to their  histories and helping people gain practical knowledge and skills that have been lost to time. 

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Week 2 "War Begins"

Join us to explore the start of the war from the soldier’s perspective.

Tuesday, February 9
7pm – 8pm

Becoming a Soldier: Uniform & Equipment

Why did men join the Union Army? Let a Civil War 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 Union 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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Wednesday, February 10
7pm – 8pm

Civil War Tunes

When soldiers weren’t busy drilling, they were often listening to and making music. Music played a big part in the life of soldiers. This engaging session will feature a professional musician and historian playing popular Civil War era music, explaining the stories behind each song, and answering your questions!

Provider: Brandon Bankes, Owner – Brandon Bankes Productions, LLC.

 

Brandon Bankes is a Music Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, and Educator from Zanesville, Ohio. He holds a BA in Music Production and Audio Engineering from Ohio University, where he is currently an adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer. As the Chief Engineer of Earthwork Recording Studio, Brandon has produced, engineered, mixed, and played on hundreds of notable songs that have ran the Billboard and iTunes charts.

As well as an active Civil War interpreter, Musicologist, and student of History, Brandon is the founding member and mandolin player of the old-time string band "The Wayfarers". Collectively, The Wayfarers have released 4 studio albums, toured much of midwest and southern Appalachia, have been featured on the PBS series "Song of the Mountains", and have shared the stage with some of the biggest legends of Bluegrass and Country Music.

Independently, Brandon has traveled across the US, Ireland, Scotland, and Iceland playing traditional American music and studying its earliest musical forms.

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Thursday, February 11
7pm – 8pm

Field Music and Bugling: The Army’s Musical Clock!

You might wake up to an alarm or know when to change classes during school by a bell. In those moments you’re being told what to do by sounds, much like Civil War soldiers. Tunes played by buglers told soldiers when to wake-up, when to eat, and were the figurative megaphones for commanders trying to give orders to hundreds of soldiers. In this session, you’ll hear Civil War bugle tunes and learn the history of the bugle’s importance by seeing the instruments and uniforms used by field musicians, listening to the calls that regulated Army life, and create functional meaning for musical sounds they make themselves!

Provider: John Connors, Military Musician and Music Historian – Readiness NCO, 122nd Army Band – Freelance Civil War Field Musician

 

A native of northeastern Ohio, John Connors has been in the Ohio Army National Guard since 2007 and serves full-time as the Readiness NCO and as a trombone player with the 122nd Army Band of Columbus. Earlier in his military career, he performed the solemn duties of Funeral Honors bugler, sounding Taps hundreds of times each year. Through further research in an effort to understand the history and significance of his role as a true Army bugler, Connors’ area of expertise became that of the Civil War bugler. He is in demand to give lectures and demonstrations on the topic of bugling in the Civil War and at many events around the country as a bugler for the Liberty Rifles, 1st Section Horse-drawn Artillery, and others. As a bugler, fifer, or brass band musician, John has performed with the Camp Chase Fifes and Drums; the 6th Ohio Mounted Buglers and 2nd Cavalry Brigade Band; and the 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Band to bring music of the period to audiences across the region. Connors graduated in 2019 with a Master of Music degree (with licensure) in Music Education from the University of Akron. He is also a 2014 graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance. Prior to that, he received a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, in Trombone Performance from Ohio University in Athens.

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Week 3 "Civilian Life"

Join us to explore the war’s effect on the home front.

Tuesday, February 16
7pm – 8pm

A Pound of Love: Baking for Soldiers

From home loved ones continued to care about their soldiers by continuously writing letters and sending care packages filled with goodies, including sweet treats. In this hands-on baking activity, we’ll make a classic pound cake, commonly included in care packages. While baking, we’ll discuss the ways people at home aided their friends, family, and neighbors serving in the military.

Click here to download the instructions and materials list for this activity!

If you’re baking along with us, we suggest having an adult nearby.

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, many of which has focused on the Civil War.

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Wednesday, February 17
7pm – 8pm

Creating an Image: How Civil War Photos are Made

Watch a soldier get his “image struck” and discover the science behind tintype photography by tuning into this live session where you will see a tintype portrait be made in real-time. Artist Drew Tanner will explain the process from start to finish and take your questions while he makes a tintype of our Education Director Kyle Yoho!

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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, many of which has focused on the Civil War.

Drew Tanner, Tintype Photographer

 

Drew Tanner is a communications professional whose has worked as a journalist, photographer, arts administrator, and freelance digital media consultant. Equally comfortable in the traditional and digital darkroom, over the past decade, his photography has branched into 19th century historic processes, including the making of ambrotypes, tintypes, glass negatives, ivorytypes and salt printing. His teachers have included both long-time wet-plate photographer John Coffer and Photographic Process Historian Mark Osterman, of the George Eastman Museum. Through these historic processes, Drew engages with photography as a very hands-on, physical medium, rather than digital abstraction. The processes themselves demand that attention and focus on the craftsmanship of the photographic object itself.


Week 4 "Home Again"

During our last week of camp, we’ll look into life once the war ended.

Tuesday, February 23
7pm – 8pm

In Their Own Words: The Civil War’s Local Legacy

Glimpse into the archives of Marietta College Legacy Library’s Special Collections to learn about the war at home and on the front through the voices of local men and women. Curating these stories through this engaging presentation will be the award winning Special Collections Associate Linda Showalter. Join us as we take look into the local legacy of the Civil War!

Provider: Linda Showalter – Marietta College Special Collections

 

Linda Showalter is the Special Collections Associate at Marietta College’s Legacy Library. She helps researchers find information they need from manuscripts, photographs, rare books, and artwork. Her favorite history activity is reading the letters and diaries of the Cutler women who once lived in an old stone house near Marietta.

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Thursday, February 25
7pm

"Modern" Medicine: 1865 & 2020

See the tools and learn about the knowledge doctors worked with 150 years ago! We’ll compare treatments from 1865 to what we find familiar in our modern day lives. This engaging discussion will be led by a modern-day medical professional and historian.

Provider: Brian Horgan

 

Brian W. Horgan, PA-C, is a board-certified physician assistant with over 30 years of clinical experience in primary care medicine. He received his Masters degree from the University of Nebraska and his Bachelors degree from Youngstown State University. Mr. Horgan has also served as the chief medical officer for the Army of Ohio, since 2012. In this role, he has provided medical support for the battalion and living history pertaining to Civil War medicine. Mr. Horgan is a long-standing member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and currently serves as a Department officer.

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Friday, February 26
7pm – 8pm

Historical Cocktail Class

Interestingly, the time around the Civil War saw American bars come into their own and the popularization of the cocktail scene. In this class, we’ll take you through the history of the beginnings of mixed drinks and demonstrate a few featured cocktails of the time. This fun, educational workshop will be led by cocktail historian Brian Cushing.

Recommended ages 21+

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Brian CushingProvider: Brian Cushing

 

In his professional and private life, Brian Cushing has immersed himself in the details of daily life in the 19th Century for years. While acting as one of the researchers and planners for the small farm distillery project at Locust Grove in Louisville, Kentucky, he had the opportunity to get especially close to the history of distilled spirits which led to his own research and experiments on mixology throughout the Victorian Period.

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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 5 – 9, 2021.) This coming History Camp will highlight the decades 1880 – 1900. 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 to 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/

Quotes

“I’ve done this before…and I really, really love it.”
Zoey M.

“It’s just really cool to learn about the history of where we live.”
Jarrett P.

“We’re doing so many interesting things!”
Frances C.

“Each day has a different theme, so we try to touch on topic areas that were important to that time frame.”
Kyle Yoho, Education Director, The Castle


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