The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library (WWPL) and Museum in Staunton is offering its annual summer history program, Journey into History camp, led by Mary Baldwin University’s own Linda Petzke.
In addition to her work as a teaching partner in Mary Baldwin’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, Petzke is a consultant and interpreter at the WWPL. She previously served as the teaching partner for Mary Baldwin’s with the Teaching American History grant, which supported professional development courses on campus for history teachers.
The program, dubbed “Where’s Woody?” will allow children to explore America through the eyes of the 28th President of the United States. Campers will be transformed into present-day investigators as they attempt to locate a hidden “Woody,” a cardboard cutout of the former president, while following the footsteps of “Tommy” Woodrow Wilson as he journeys from his Virginia roots to become the first modern-era president. Each day participants will explore through activities and crafts a new theme from everyday life of Staunton in 1856, the Civil War era, the times of Mark Twain, the Election of 1912, and finally, Wilson’s return to his hometown as president-elect.
Camp is open to children ages 7–12 with two sessions being offered, June 19–22 and June 25–29. Activities will be on site at the WWPL as well as various locations around Staunton, all within walking distance of the museum and library. Cost is $80 per child, which includes all activities, a camp shirt, and daily snacks. For more information or to register a camper, please visit the WWPL website or call 540-885-0897, ext. 110.