Kids are finding a passion for history at summer camp by digging up the past to find a future career.
As part of the Futures in History Camp through the McLean County Museum of History, kids literally dug into the past with a mock archeology dig. They explored careers in history, archaeology, architecture, museum studies, law and environmental science.
At the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, campers in the carriage barn sifted through dirt, looking for historical items that had been planted previously by museum staff, simulating an archaeological dig. The students found pieces of glass, porcelain, hunks of coal, buttons, an old candlestick, and broken spectacles.
“I’ve never been so into history before now,” said camper Gabbi Walker. “They don’t teach you stuff this way in school. It’s cool to be able to see and touch and interact with things from the past.”