Museum Camps Bring History To Students

RAHWAY — The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association (MDTMA) announced that their annual History Day Camps for students ages 8 – 13 will once again be held at the Museum in mid-August.

Aug. 6 – 10 is the Civil War Experience Day Camp, and Aug. 13 – 17 is the Archaeology Day Camp. Both camp weeks run from Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $150 per week and a few openings in each camp are still available. Applications can be found on or by calling the Museum at 1-732-381-0441.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the second year of the American Civil War, and the second year the Museum is offering this very popular experience. Each day will represent a year of the war, and campers will learn about this very important historic event through hands-on activities, historical simulations, guest appearances by President Abraham Lincoln and re-enactors of the United States Colored Troops (USCT).

David Walker, director of Educational Services for the Museum as well as a Linden High School history teacher stated that “The camp offers a dynamic method of learning about the Civil War and the people who participated in the conflict – ordinary men and women, slaves, immigrants, and even young children and teenagers. It’s important the students see how events played out through diverse personal experiences.”

“History is even more interesting when you get your hands dirty!” Walker continued. He also noted that the 11th annual Archaeology Camp offers an exceptional hands-on learning experience that will allow students to be active historians! Children will learn the ins and outs of archaeology, all while excavating an area on the site of the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum that it has occupied since the 18th century. Under the supervision of a trained archaeologist, campers will learn excavation techniques, proper safety methods, and how to accurately record artifacts found.

“Providing an interactive experience is memorable and enjoyable way to learn history which is why so many campers return year after year, and many older students return as camp counselors,” Walker concluded.

Children can register for one or both camps, and the cost includes a field trip, two snacks per day and a t-shirt. Under trained supervision both camps are held on site at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, 1632 St. Georges Ave. in Rahway. To learn more about these two History Day Camps Aug. 6 – 17 and to get an application, go to: Or you can call the Museum at 1-732-381-0441.

The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association (MDTMA) is dedicated to preserving the Merchants and Drovers Tavern (c. 1795), the Terrill Tavern (c. 1735), developing the site as a tavern museum and to interpreting the important role played by taverns in early American history; to provide a regional education, cultural and historic resource; and to preserve local history. The tavern, located at St. Georges Avenue (Rt. 27) and Westfield Avenue in Rahway, is recorded in the Historic American Buildings Survey and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum is open 4 days a week. To learn more about the exhibits, guided tours, events and openings go to:, or call 1-732-381-0441.

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