Friday, June 29, 2012

Have you got a Junior Docent living with you?

I found this great opportunity at the Maine Historical Society today quite by mistake, and it made me think of all of the awesome and precocious Friends School students who would be good at this!  It's coming up fast though, so check it out now
Monday, July 9, 09:00 am – 12:00 pm
Junior Docent Camp at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House

Monday, July 9 - Thursday, July 12, 9 AM-12 PM;
Friday, July 13, 9 AM-2PM

For students entering 4th through 6th grades. $75 MHS member families/$100 non-members.

Would you like to be an historian now, instead of waiting until you grow up? Do you want to know more about quill pens, horse-drawn carriages and George Washington? Does the idea of life without video games and cell phones interest you?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Junior Docent Camp at MHS is for you.

Participants in Junior Docent Camp will explore life in 19th century Portland and go behind the scenes of Maine's oldest historic house museum. The camp is based at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, the boyhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The mix of indoor and outdoor activities will include 19th century games, gardening, crafts, cooking, and poetry writing. We will learn how Henry and his siblings played, dined, studied, cleaned up, and even got into trouble!

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with librarians and museum curators, and conduct research on a topic or object of their choice. At the end of the week, all participants will be fully trained and prepared to give a tour of the house to family members and guests of their choice. After the tour, families and campers are encouraged to join us in the Longfellow Garden for a brown bag lunch and HenryĆ­s favorite treat!

For more information contact Rachel Miller, Education Assistant, at or (207) 774-1822 x214.