Summer Camps being held at the Fenton History Center

2015 campers learning about local history in Lake View Cemetery.
2015 campers learning about local history in Lake View Cemetery.

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Fenton History Center

The Fenton History Center will offer a series of day camps this summer to teach local history to students in grades one to eight. The first camp, “Camp Brown- A Call to Arms…Life as a Civil War Recruit” is the week of July 11. The camp is for students in grades four through eight. They will experience the life of a Civil War private preparing to march into history. Camp Brown is held on the grounds of the Fenton Mansion in Fenton Park. The recruits are instructed by seasoned re-enactors on how to drill, set up camp, address officers and what life was like as a recruit in the 1860s. The camp has limited space, early registration is requested. The camp runs from 1-4 pm each day and costs $65.

The Time Travelers Camp is the week of July 25 from 9 am to 4 pm each day. Campers will “travel” to the past with their own archaeological dig, a trip to the Reg Lenna Civic Center and the Lucille Wright Air Museum, as well as making butter and experiencing “life back in time”. The students will experience hands on activities with artifacts and take field trips. The cost is $125 for the week. Early registration is requested as space is limited.

The final day camp of the year is The History Detectives which will begin August 8 through 12 for students entering grades 1 – 3. Campers will investigate historic venues such as the DAR house, the Reg Lenna Civic Center, The Lucille Wright Air Museum and much more. We will end the week with a day spent at Busti Park ending with a visit to Peterson’s Candies! Cost for this camp is $125 per detective, and runs from 9 AM – 4 PM.

Campers may register online by visiting the Fenton History Center website at, by calling 664-6256 or via email at