Summer Camps Offered by Historical Society, Parks & Recs

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) in partnership with Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer four camps this summer.

Diggin’ in History for Beginners is designed for children ages 8-12 who will learn how to search for clues from the past. Hands-on activities include site surveys, excavations and artifact repair. A field trip to a Prince George archaeological site is included. The dates for these camps are July 8-12 and August 19-23, 2013. Time is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $95/camper. Prepaid registration is required.

Intermediate Historical Archaeology Camp, for children ages 10-15, will examine site maps, surveys and drawings, learn to establish grids, to mark excavation plots, screen sites and analyze soil samples. A field trip to Prince George will be included. July 22-26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Space is limited, prepaid registration is required. Cost: $95  

Both of these camps will be held at historic Magnolia Grange plantation house, 10020 Iron Bridge Rd., Chesterfield.

In addition, Heritage Crafts and Games Camp features many of the common period games that children enjoyed during the 17th and 18th centuries. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in colonial activities from chocolate making, calligraphy, candle dipping and making various crafts each day ranging from cornhusk dolls, cattail boats, making clay pots and others.

No video games, no television, no batteries required! Three separate half day sessions offered at Magnolia Grange, Chesterfield County Museum, and historic 1917 Courthouse Green, all located within the historic Courthouse Complex. Wednesday-Friday, August 5-7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $65 Ages 8- 12. Space is limited.

Registration can be accomplished through Paypal at www.chesterfieldhistory.com. For more information, call 751-4946.

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