Monday, July 6, 2009

Hoboken Historical Museum Summer Camp

The following information concerns summer camp being offered by the Hoboken Historical Museum. To be clear, while excellent and well worth while, this summer camp is not run by the Hoboken Board of Education and does require a fee. -Dr. Petrosino

Education Coordinator Sherrard Bostwick Leads Kids on Exploration of River City Life and History Through Fun Activities, Art, Music and Sports

As the Hoboken Historical Museum’s latest exhibition, Up and Down the River: A History of the Hudson, 1609 – 2009, continues through the summer, the Museum is launching its first half-day, weeklong summer camps for kids.

Education coordinator Sherrard Bostwick, who has developed and led the Museum's programs for hundreds of school groups, plus the spring and fall Family Fun Days, has put together an agenda packed with age-appropriate activities geared to 4- to 6-year-olds for the first session, “Go Explorers Go,” from July 6 – 10; and to 7- to 10-year-olds for the second session, “History Detectives,” from August 24 – 28.

With a long teaching career in nursery through middle schools and degrees in early childhood education and museum education, Ms. Bostwick is tailoring the summer adventures to the children’s experience and interest level. The younger group will keep busy with stories, songs, puppets, woodworking, art activities, movement and sports. First-time “campers” are welcome. The older group will enjoy special tours and instruction in nautical-themed subjects, such as maritime science, boat-building, Lenni Lenape Indian football, nautical knots, compasses and the history of the Hudson River, from Henry Hudson’s first exploratory voyage, Robert Fulton’s steamboat invention and the Stevens family’s contribution to sailing and design.

Both sessions will run from 9:15 am to noon, cost $175 for the week ($150 for Museum members) and are limited to a small number of participants. Depending on demand, additional sessions may be scheduled. For more information or to enroll, send an email to