Spend the summer with the Folsom History Museum

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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Learn more about Folsom’s rich and vibrant history this summer with the Folsom History Museum.

‘Living Folsom’s History through the Arts’ summer camp will focus on the years 1840 through 1870, when Folsom was called ‘Granite City’ and was home to the Nisenan Tribe, the first black miners in the region, various explorers, pioneers, gold seekers and more, said Karla Davis, education director for the history museum.

“Folsom has a lot of ‘firsts’ with innovations and inventions we’ll learn about as we study the people who came before us,” she said. “By studying the past, we learn how and why people live as they did and the causes of change to acquire a broader and richer understanding of our world today.”

The camp will be held with two different sessions, but the curriculum will be the same. Davis said this summer camp is geared for students going into third through sixth grade.

“We’re increasing in enrollment daily and the maximum is 25 per week, so parents should reserve their spot as soon as possible,” she said. “What makes this camp unique is having history interwoven with visual and performing arts called ‘Arts Integration.’ Educational research reveals the transformative ability of the arts and how exposure develops a child's creativity, curiosity and confidence, which then transfers into all disciplines.”

During the camp, participants will be studying key points of Folsom’s fascinating history using primary and secondary sources such as photographs, artifacts, models, newspaper articles, sketches and more, Davis said.

“Our campers will be guided through integrated arts activities, including dramatic interpretations, songs, music, story telling, creative movement, poetry and art,” she said.

Davis said there are many reasons kids should attend the camp, including the fact that studying the past helps people understand the continuity and connection to the present and future.

“Besides learning about where they live, and making new friends in a hands-on, fun setting, kids will have the opportunity to increase self-discovery and build self confidence,” she said. “They will feel a stronger connection with the wonderful town we live in, which can deepen their appreciation and create a sense of ownership which leads to better citizenship.”

Davis said the kids can look forward to having fun along with a variety of fun projects.

“I enjoy teaching and designing curriculum, and I have a love of history and of working with children, so I’m excited about meeting them each day and having a variety of engaging experiences that create ‘ah ha’ moments,” she said. “Collaborating with local and regional artists will build partnerships for future educational endeavors as our day camp attendance grows.”


Know and Go:

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, July 10-15; July 17-22

Where: Folsom History Museum & Historic Folsom’s Pioneer Village ; corner of Wool & Leidesdorff.

Camp fee: $180             

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