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Camps & Workshops

Camp Dawson

June 6-10, 2022

Each day brings new adventures and museum mischief as campers immerse themselves in Thomas County history!

Campers will get hands-on with history, conducting an archaeology dig in the History Center’s backyard, testing their skills in the Log House kitchen, tending a pioneer garden, “meeting” Civil War soldiers, and much more while they explore the evolution of our community.

Open to Rising Kindergarten – Rising 5th Graders

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Camp LPH

June 21-23, 2022

The Thomasville History Center and Thomasville Landmarks are presenting a special 3-day camp experience at the Lapham-Patterson House.

Campers will explore the Dawson Street Historic District architecture, the stories of the families who lived there, and historic preservation. Taking inspiration from the neighborhood, campers will each design and “construct” a house using cardboard boxes and mixed materials.

Collectively, the campers’ creations will be arranged in a temporary diorama and remain on display at the Lapham-Patterson House through August.

Open to Rising 6th- Rising 8th Graders

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Camp Dawson: Fall Break Edition

October 11, 2022

We are gearing up for a Fall Break day camp full of crafts, games, and interactive fun at Camp Dawson: Fall Break Edition hosted by the Thomasville History Center. For more than twenty years, campers have gotten “hands-on” with history on the grounds of the History Center. 

Using the History Center’s backyard and the Smith Homestead as our “classroom,” campers will explore pioneer culture by going “back to basics!” Camp Dawson: Fall Break Edition takes place on October 10 at the Thomasville History Center.

Registration opens on September 1 for all interested participants in grades Kindergarten through 5th.

$50 per camper; Maximum: 16 campers

Fees include snacks & all supplies

About Camp Dawson

About Camp LPH

About Camp Dawson: Fall Break Edition

Scholarships Application Deadline: 2-3 weeks before camp begins.

Scholarship assistance is available for camp experiences. To apply, please download and return the application below. 

Workshops & Drop-Ins Offered throughout the year


Make History Workshops & Drop-Ins

Kits & All Age Activities 

Check out our Make History craft kits, available for purchase through our online store. Kits can be picked up at the History Center or shipped upon request. Contact us to make arrangements.

Camps & Workshops

Hands-On Heritage Workshops

Ages 15+

Under the instruction of an expert, crafters will learn a historically-inspired craft form from start to finish. Workshops generally last 2 hours but more intensive projects may take more time. 

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Double Bottom Baskets

November 13 10am-3pm

Craft Difficulty Level: 4-5 (see our rating system below for more information)

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Holiday at the Homestead Mini-Day Camp

Kindergarten-5th Grade

Our holiday helpers will craft vintage-inspired decorations to bring a little cheer to the Smith Homestead and create a few gifts that they can bring home to share with family and friends. Holiday decorations created by the campers will remain on display through the holiday season.

Saturday, December 4


Campers must bring their own lunch. Use the scholarship application above to request discounted registration or a full scholarship.

Craft Difficulty Scale

To help you decide if a craft activity is right for you, we’ve developed a difficulty scale that ranges from 1 to 5 with 1 being the easiest and most appropriate for all ages, and 5 being the most difficult and appropriate for experienced crafters. Program descriptions for Make History and Hands-On Heritage Workshops will each receive a rating on the scale.

Craft Difficulty Scale (1)