Summer Camps: The White Mountains Roots of an Iconic American Experience
Museum Exhibition Dates: May 1 – September 13, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Curatorial Team: Paul Hutchinson, Marcia Blaine, and Cynthia Robinson
Our Summer Camps exhibition will trace the sparks cast by the Transcendentalists and the early White Mountain tourists. They were the kindling for the first American summer camps that caught fire along the shores of Squam Lake and became the popular camps of the Progressive Era. These led to the torches carried forth by generations of campers from then to now. In addition to images, artifacts, and narratives of the history of summer camp, the exhibit will include a participatory digital experience titled Camp Stories, inspired by the popular oral history project Story Corps. The tales collected through Camp Stories will not only be part of the exhibit, but will also be a lasting legacy for students and researchers into the future.