Summer History Camp, Pioneer Life, camp for kids

Campers will experience 19th Century Life Hands-On

History Camp 2017: "Home Sweet Home: Living in Southwest Ohio in the Early 19th Century"

When: July 10-13, 2017, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Overview: Open to students who are entering 4th-8th grades this fall, the WCHS History Camp is in its 25th year and is a recipient of the History Outreach Award from the Ohio Local History Alliance. It was founded by and is led by retired and award-winning educator John Zimkus, current historian and education director at WCHS.

Details: Many youngsters, and adults for that matter, probably have wondered what it would it be like living in southwest Ohio 200 years ago.  Would their days be filled with fun and adventure, with wide-open spaces and animals roaming freely? Or would life be very hard, with scores of daily chores and everyday dangers?
During History Camp 2017, campers will learn about and experience what that life was like through stories, music, and presentations from professional historians and re-enactors at the Warren County History Center museum in Lebanon and on regional field trips, including:

  • Experiencing the everyday happenings and hardships of the late 1700s and early 1800s by visiting the open-air collection of over 15 frontier cabins at Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village.
  • Seeing how much, or how little, things have improved by visiting and “working” at the building and homes in the Heritage Village Museum and Sharon Woods Park as they assist costumed interpreters going about the tasks of daily life in the 19th century.
  • Taking a tour of the beautiful house on the hill in Lebanon, the 1845 Greek Revival mansion, Glendower, and visiting the rustic Butterworth Cabin within the Warren County History Center.

COST: $50 for Warren County Historical Society members and $75 for non-members. Enrollment is limited to 40 students.

REGISTRATION: Click here for Registration Forms. For more information: or 513-932-1817

John Zimkus is the WCHS’s History Camp’s director. He founded the camp in 1992, and is currently the Society’s Historian & Education Director. A retired educator after spending 35 years in the classroom, he was inducted into the Lebanon City Schools Hall of Fame in 2008. A two-time recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Foundation Award from the Area Progress Council of Warren County, Inc., Mr. Zimkus was selected Ohio’s Outstanding Teacher of American History for 2006 by the Daughters of the American Revolution.