Summer was always about discovery when we were growing up. It was Cub Scout camp, adventures with grandpa, the fishing trip to the coast, the week at the lake, the road trip to another city.
There are adventures to be had and discoveries to make right here in San Antonio, with History Mystery Museum Camp at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, June 27 to July 1 and July 25 to 29. The camp is geared toward children ages 8 to 12, with the first session for ages 8 to 10, and second, ages 11-12.
The camp will pique a child’s curiosity from day one, as they discover artifacts from Texas’ past. From finding objects on Monday to turning them into a meaningful exhibit by Friday, the camp turns an intense research process into detective work. Each new clue and breakthrough motivates the campers to keep moving forward and get closer to the answer.
They’ll have help along the way. People don’t usually question how artifacts wind up in a case in a museum, but these campers will get to experience process. Museum professionals will be there with them at every step, and they’ll have access to parts of the museum the public never sees:
- At the artifact room, a curator can show them how to identify and handle artifacts.
- A subject matter expert can say how an item was used and how it ended up where it did.
- In the production workshop, an exhibit fabricator can help build a display and present an artifact in context.
- An educator can help build a cohesive story to pass along knowledge.
While history’s mysteries are a big part of camp, there’s still a lot more, such as access to the exhibit floor and latest exhibits. With the help and support of camp leaders, the kids can explore the 1800s reproduction buildings of the Back 40 and participate in 1800s-style games and challenges.
“This is going to be an adventure for us all,” said ITC’s Lupita Barrera, director of education and interpretation at the museum. “We’ve developed a program that will introduce campers to historical figures in a fun way. Staff and campers will get to work together, combining young creativity with professional know-how to tell a unique and compelling Texas story.”
History Mystery Summer Camp takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., daily, June 27 to July 1 for ages 8 to 12; and July 25 to 29 for ages 11-12. Campers should bring a sack lunch. Registration and details are available at TexanCultures.com/SummerCamp
or 210-458- 2300.