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Oklahoma History Center camp brings the past to today's students

July 16, 2014

By Matt Patterson, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

July 16--History might not be every student's idea of summer fun, but the Oklahoma History Center's first-ever camp might have changed the minds of some kids.

The History Center wrapped up its Junior Curator Camp last week. It was the organization's first foray into the world of summer camps. The 15 students, ages 8 to 14, who took part put together an early pioneer exhibit over the three-day camp.

Campers used the research library and archives to put together an exhibit that contained a lantern, bell, boots, a coffee grinder and an array of other items associated with Oklahoma's early days.

"They did a fantastic job with it," said Sarah Dumas, curator of education. "They really enjoyed going to the research library, and they got a better idea of what happens in a museum. The next time they visit one, they will have a better idea of what goes into putting an exhibit together."

Fiona Langthorn, 12, a student at Edmond'sSequoyah Middle School, enjoyed researching the topic.

"There are so many stories and so many different things that you can learn from people in the past that can help you today," she said.

Colton Thompson, 14, enjoyed putting the items in the display.

"We learned a lot about making exhibits and what parts there were to each one," he said. "It was a really interesting time period, so there was a lot of stuff to work with."

The History Center will offer the camp again next summer and may add other camps. The students who took part left with plenty of knowledge about the inner workings of a museum and may have added to their study skills.

"It also transfers into school when they're writing papers and when they're working on projects," Dumas said.

To learn more

For more information on the History Center's educational programs, email or call 522-3602.


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Source: Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

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