Programs

Lecture Series

Historic St. Mary’s City offer six free public lectures a year open to the public. These lectures typically happen April, May, June, September, October, and November on the third Thursday of the month. The lectures generally focus on the history and or archaeology of the people and cultures that make up our community. Please see our calendar of events for upcoming lectures.

Workshops

Historic St. Mary’s City offers a variety of enriching hands-on workshops that meet the needs and interest of all ages. Explore workshops ranging from Hearth Cooking, Textiles, Primitive Skills, and Woodworking. Whether you are looking for a new hobby or to learn a new skill, there is always something exciting to experience at the museum.

Programs

Historic St. Mary’s City offers a variety of Summer Day-Camps that pique different interests and are tailored to specific ages.

Pick Your Own Adventure Summer Camps

Open Hearth Cooking 101

Spend a day at the Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation learning the techniques of cooking on an open hearth. Ages 10-14. $40.00 per camper, or $30.00 for members.

Lifeways of Maryland’s First People

Campers will have a full enriching day at the Woodland Indian Hamlet learning about the culture, resources, and technologies of the Yaocomaco tribe. Ages 6-9. $30.00 per camper, or $25.00 for members.

Waterfront Wonders

Campers will spend the day exploring the Maryland Dove and the waterfront. Ages 8-12. $30.00 per camper, or $25.00 for members.

Homespun

Campers will learn the 17th century methods of working with textiles, including sewing, embroidery, spinning wool with a drop spindle, and using plant materials to create dyes. Ages 8-12. $40.00 per camper, or $30.00 for members.

Colonial Kids

Challenge your imagination and journey back in time to experience life in the 1600’s. Campers will have an exciting adventure, exploring all four living history sites, meeting historical costumed interpreters, and participating in engaging activities that are educational and fun! Ages 6-10. $40.00 per camper, or $30.00 for members.

Scout Summer Camps

Girl Scouts and Scouts BSA Archery Badge

This program is designed to fulfill the requirements for the Girl Scout Cadette’s and Scouts BSA Archery Badge. This program will provide scouts with a thorough and hands-on understanding of archery fundamentals, from safety and proper maintenance of equipment to how to safely shoot a bow. Scouts will have opportunities to play several archery games as well as compete in an archery tournament! Program implemented by a Certified Archery Instructor. Girl Scout Cadettes, Scouts BSA ages 11+. $15.00 per scout.

Scouts BSA Archaeology Badge

This program is designed specifically to meet the Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge, excluding portions that are to be performed independently by the scout. Scouts will learn about basic methods and terminology, will partake in the archaeological process, and learn about the collaborative effort of historians and archaeologists within a museum setting. Scouts will also assist Historic St. Mary’s City’s Field School in Historical Archaeology with sifting and identifying objects on an active dig site. Scouts BSA ages 12+. $25.00 per scout.

Girl Scout Maryland Heritage Badge

This program is designed to meet the Girl Scout Maryland Heritage Badge, excluding portions that are to be performed independently by the scout. Join us for a day of exploration and discovery on the site of Maryland’s first capital. Make connections to the past and visualize another time and place through demonstrations, hands-on activities, and discussions. Scouts will have a guided tour of the museum, visit reconstructed buildings, and hear about notable people that helped to shape Maryland. Girl Scouts all ages. $10.00 per scout.

One adult Scout Leaders per troop will be admitted free; additional adults are $10.00.

Registration

To register, complete one registration form per child. Prepayment is required to complete registration. Registration closes a week before each camp. Once registered, a confirmation packet will be emailed to you.

If you have any questions, please call the Public Programs Office at 240-895-4979, or send an email to groups@digshistory.org.

Homeschool Programs

Homeschool Day Information

Historic St. Mary’s City offers unique educational programs designed for homeschool families throughout the year. Homeschoolers have the opportunity to explore many 17th century historic themes that complement the learning standards through demonstrations, discussions and hands-on activities.

All programs include a self-guided visit of the museum’s living history sites and are offered at a discount to homeschool families.

Terra Mariae Program

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