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2023 Summer Camps Registration Open!

Sign your camper up today for a summer adventure. Choose from Camp Dawson (rising K-rising 5th) or Camp LPH (rising 6th-rising 8th) and let the fun begin!


Camps & Workshops

Camp Dawson

June 5-9, 2023

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

Fees: $175, Members; $200 Not Yet Members

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Camp LPH

June 20-22, 2023

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

Fees: $130, Members; $175 Not Yet Members

About Camp Dawson

About Camp LPH

Scholarships Application Deadline: May 8

Scholarship assistance (full registration or partial) is available for either camp experience. To apply, please download and return the application below. 

Workshops & Drop-Ins Offered throughout the year

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Please join us in thanking Smile Doctors for their generous underwriting of camp scholarships and camp transportation! 


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. 

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)