Kids found that history comes alive at youth camp, as they developed strategies to survive the Great Chicago Fire, the Battle of Gettysburg, and the sinking of the Titanic.
The camp at Hastings Museum was based on the Scholastic “I Survived” books that have young characters narrate stories of historical disasters and how they survived them.
“I’ve known of the books for a few years and I’ve been wanting to do something with them. I just didn’t know what,” said Russanne Hoff, the museum’s curator of education. “Then, I thought this might make a good summer class. It’s a fun way to bring history alive and talk about it without being boring.”
Hoff asked some of her friends who have children who read the books to choose a group of five to read during the week. Topics they chose were the Battle of Gettysburg, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Great Chicago Fire, the sinking of the Titanic, and the Nazi invasion of 1944.