Camp Edwards Place 2022
Camp Edwards Place is where your child can indulge their love of history at a home that is truly a Springfield treasure. There are a number of camps they can join that all take place in and around this 1833 historic home in the heart of one of Springfield's oldest neighborhoods. We have camps for many different age groups.
Sign up for 2022 camps: February 28, 9AM for Springfield Art Association Members; March 2, 9AM for Non-Members
NOW HIRING: 2022 Camp Edwards Place Full-Time Seasonal Instructor
Dates of Position: 7 weeks: June 6 – July 29 (off July 4-8 week)
Pay Rate: $16/hr for Bachelor’s degree, $18/hr for Master’s degree
Hours: 8:30 – 5:00 Monday – Friday (FT seasonal). No evening or weekend hours. Hours may vary based on number of camps running each week.
Job Description: This opportunity is for someone great with kids and with a passion for history. These camps take place in an historic home, with one of our top missions being to preserve the home. The instructor will be expected to teach various historical topics for up to 12 campers per camp [COVID-19 dependent], update the curator on needs for the camp, camp prep before morning and afternoon sessions, and post-camp clean up each day.
Past History Camp Examples: Civil War Encampment, Archaeology, Life in the 19th Century, Historical Sewing, Historical Cooking, Food Preservation, Historical Toys and Games
Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in History, Education, or related field is preferred, experience working with children (3rd grade – high school)
Place of Work: Edwards Place Historic House, 700 North 4th St., Springfield, IL
Time Commitment Requirements: We do request someone who can commit to camps during June and July for all time slots that have camps. If there is a conflict for any of the times listed, but you are still interested in the position, please contact the curator to discuss other possibilities.
How to Apply: Please send your resume and availability to the Curator, Sarah Adams, at email@example.com.
3rd - 5th Grade Camps
Civil War Encampment, 3rd-5th Grade
June 6-10.2022: 9AM-NOON or June 27-July 1: 1:30-4:30PM, Edwards Place.
This camp takes kids back to the 1860s to learn some of the skills that soldiers learned during the Civil War. Learn about battles, 19th century medical aid, what soldiers did outside of battles, and more. This camp is immersive and participatory, and primarily takes place outside on Edwards Place’s front lawn. This camp is primarily outdoor.
(Children will learn about civil war era weapons.)
Dig It!, 3rd-5th Grade
June 6-10.2022: 1:30-4:30 PM or June 13-17: 1:30-4:30 PM, Edwards Place.
Your camper will learn about the principles and practices of historical archaeology, and then go out into the field to conduct an archaeological excavation in the back yard of Edwards Place! Camp winds up with an exhibit of the artifacts recovered. Don’t miss this unique, hands-on opportunity! This camp is primarily outdoor.
Playing With the Past, 3rd-5th Grade
June 20-24.2022: 9 AM-NOON or 1:30-4:30PM, Edwards Place.
This camp will explore the different toys and games played with by children in the 19th century, some of which are known to have been played with by the Edwards family. This camp isn't just to PLAY with games, but to MAKE games! Before factories mass-produced toys and games, many were handmade with materials that could be easily found in and around the home.
Dream Weaver, 3rd-5th Grade
June 27-July 1.2022: 9AM-NOON or July 11-15: 9AM-NOON or 1:30-4:30PM, Edwards Place.
Using a small frame loom, campers can learn basic weaving terms, how to design patterns, and how to select colors. Campers will have projects throughout the week they can complete during camp.
Maker's Apprentice, 3rd-5th Grade
July 11-15.2022: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM or July 18-22: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM, Edwards Place.
This camp will explore how people made their own goods to trade and sell in the 19th century. Before machines helped us make some things, people used special tools to make them by hand. Campers will get to see and even participate in creating some of these items, just like they did in the 1800s. Projects TBD and will be updated as they are confirmed. This camp is primarily outdoor.
History Time Machine, 3rd-5th Grade
July 25-29.2022: 9 AM-NOON or 1:30-4:30PM Edwards Place.
You will have the opportunity to go back in time and imagine what it was like to live at Edwards Place in the 19th century. Themes to be explored include Home Life, School, Chores, Manners, and more. Enjoy fun activities such as making butter, playing 19th century games, and dipping candles. Campers will have the opportunity to learn and play inside Historic Edwards Place.
6th - 8th Grade and High School
Knitting Party, 6th-8th
June 6-10.2022: 1:30-4:30PM, Edwards Place.
This is a beginning knitting camp for those with no experience. Campers learn the basics of knitting, like how to cast on, the knit stitch the purl stitch, and how to cast off. There will be a project to be completed during this camp.
A Stitch in Time (Beginning Embroidery), 6th-8th Grade
June 13-17.2022: 9AM-NOON, Edwards Place.
This camp teaches the basics of embroidery - how to thread a needle, use an embroidery hoop, and three new stitches (cross-stitch, back stitch, and straight stitch). The Edwards family would have known how to embroider, as it was a popular past time for women in the 19th century. Campers will complete a project to take home at the end of the week.
History Detectives, 6th-High School
June 13-17.2022: 9AM-NOON, Edwards Place.
This camp will explore what it's like to be a historian. Campers will take field trips around the area to dive in with history and discover how life was lived in the past. They will get to meet historians and get hands-on with local sources. Springfield is filled with an exciting past, and this experience will give campers a behind-the-scenes view of that special history! Locations TBD
Sew Easy (Beginner Sewing), 6th-8th Grade
June 13-17.2022: 1:30-4:30, Edwards Place.
Campers will learn the basics of hand-sewing - how to thread a needle and learn the basic stitches - back stitch and straight stitch. There will be a group project that will be displayed in historic Edwards Place and a personal project completed during the camp week.
Cooking Up History, 6th-High School
June 27-July 1.2022: 9AM-NOON or July 11-15: 9AM-NOON. Edwards Place.
Campers will learn about some typical 19th century meals from actual Edwards family recipes, while getting the opportunity to try their hand at cooking them! By the end of the week, campers will gain knowledge of cooking skills, can try their own creations, and get to take home recipes from the camp to try at home. Campers will have the opportunity to eat their creations each day, so they will want to come hungry!
TWO Stitches in Time (Intermediate Embroidery), 6th-High School
July 18-22.2022: 9AM-NOON, Edwards Place.
This camp is for those that already know the basics of embroidery. Campers can learn six or more embroidery stitches using "pillow ticking" fabric. By the end of the week they will have a project that they can frame as a sampler or create a small bag.
In A Pickle, 6th-High School
July 18-22.2022: 9AM-NOON, Edwards Place.
Before we were able to get produce year round at the grocery store, food preservation was a necessary part of preparing for winter. Preserved foods could be kept in a cool cellar for an extended period of time, only to be opened as needed. These skills are still useful (and fun!) today. Campers will learn the skills to preserve foods on their own, and will take home their own products to share.
Sew Crafty (Intermediate Sewing), 6th-High School
July 18-22.2022: 1:30-4:30PM, Edwards Place.
This camp is for those that have learned the basics of sewing already (how to thread a needle and basic stitches). Campers will be able to select their own sewing project from many 19th century patterns and design options.
Write On!, 6th-8th
July 25-29.2022: 9AM-NOON, Edwards Place.
This camp is based on exploration of calligraphy (the art of beautiful handwriting), often used during the 19th century. Students will learn how to write using the Chancery Cursive “hand” and will also explore the tradition of illuminated manuscript (handwritten pages with painted images including precious metals).
Fiber Workshop, 6th-High School
July 25-29.2022: 1:30-4:30PM, Edwards Place.
This workshop is for those who have their own projects in knitting, embroidery, weaving, or sewing that would like assistance to continue their work. It's a great camp for those who have attended earlier camps throughout the summer. Campers can bring their own materials (lower price) or use materials provided by Edwards Place (higher price).