The Greenwich Historical Society summer History and Art camp is held on the grounds of National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley Historic site and offers children in first through seventh grades a highly interactive two-week experience designed to utilize the artifacts and art in Bush-Holley House. The first week features a concentration in Colonial history, while the second focuses on art. Sessions are fun, challenging and age-appropriate. A field trip and Friday family reception are included each week.
The professional staff includes experienced museum educators and counselors who have a special interest in history and art. Reenactors, working artists and guest educators round out the team.
Camp hours are Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Early American Life and The Art Colony Experience
July 7–11, July 14–18
In Week 1, campers will step back in time to the very early years of our nation. They will investigate real documents from the Revolutionary War, spin wool, tour the Bush-era family rooms in Bush-Holley House, learn weaving, make books and participate in a costumed debate. The program will be enhanced by Colonial reenactors and a field trip to 17th-century Philipsburg Manor. A craft show and family reception will be held at the end of the week.
In Week 2, campers will enter the world of the famous Cos Cob art colony (1890–1920). Led by professional artists, they will explore watercolors, acrylic paints and clay sculpture to create their own works of art. They will also visit Weir Farm National Historic Site, the home and studio of American Impressionist artist J. Alden Weir. At the end of the week, family and friends will be invited to an art show.
Grades 1–3 (4th graders, if preferred)
July 21–25, July 28–August 1
In Week 1, campers will learn what it was like to be a child in the late 1700s. They will write with quill pens, make corn husk dolls, meet a storyteller and perform skits about Colonial life. The program will be enhanced by Colonial reenactors and a field trip to Philipsburg Manor. A craft show and family reception will be held at the end of the week.
In Week 2, campers will enter the world of the famous Cos Cob art colony (1890–1920) and create their own Impressionist-inspired artwork. They will paint outdoors, learn about Japanese watercolor techniques and clay sculpture and visit historic French Farm. At the end of the week, family and friends will be invited to an art show.
$700 for two-week session
$450 for single week (if available)
Limited scholarships are available.
Priority registration for current Historical Society member children and for campers who attended last year is available at 2013 tuition rates now through March 15, 2014.
Open registration for two-week sessions is March 26 - June 15, 2014.
Send registration form with a non-refundable deposit of $100 per child ($50
for each additional sibling) to:
Greenwich Historical Society,
39 Strickland Road
Cos Cob, CT 06807
Registrations are processed in the order they are received. Current Historical Society members have priority during the first two weeks of March. There is no guarantee that single-week spaces will be available by March 29. To ensure enrollment, please consider registering for a two-week session. Split sessions (enrollment in two non-consecutive weeks) can be arranged, if necessary. Registration is open until July 1, 2013.
For more information, contact Camp Director LoriBeth Talbot or call
203-869-6899, Ext. 31.
Cancellation, Refund and Nonsufficient Funds Policy
A full refund for program and special events payments will be made up to 10 days before the program or event. Within 10 days of the program or event, no refund can be granted, but payments may be changed to tax-deductible contributions at payer's request. A fee of $25 will be charged for checks returned to us for nonsufficient funds.