Times change but adolescents have always played a part in history. Teens of today can make the past come to life by becoming an historic roleplayer and using the museum’s houses and grounds as their stage.
Participants will learn theatrical techniques, dress in full costume, use old-fashioned tools and materials, and engage in historical research methods to learn how to portray a person from another time.
After successful completion of the program, most Jr. Roleplayers are invited back to participate in the Museum’s special event programs throughout the year. Many use their volunteer hours to complete community service requirements.
Some even go on to work here!
Strawbery Banke Offers Roleplaying Camps in Three Different Centuries.
The New Republic, 1777 – 1818
Take on the roles of adolescents growing up from the 1770s, a time of turmoil during the American Revolution, through 1818, when the new nation enjoyed wealth from adventures at sea. Offered July 11 – 22, 2022
The Industrial Era, 1820 – 1908
Become teenagers growing up in the Industrial Age. Experience the exciting innovations in recreation and chores, clothing, health and hygiene, education and family life through the eyes of a 19th-century adolescent. FULL (waiting list available)
The Modern Age, 1919-1955
Become a first generation American immigrant growing up in the era of silent films and radio shows, a child on the World War II homefront, or a 1950s teen experiencing TV for the first time. Explore the rapidly changing American culture of the early 20th century through music, dance, fashion, foods, work and play. Next offered in 2023
Ages: 12 – 17 years (Rising 7th – 12th graders)
Hours: 9:00 – 3:00
Price: $550 Members/$650 Non-members
Discounts: 10% off if paid in full by March 1 OR 10% off when registering one child for multiple camps or more than one child for any camps
Camps alternate each summer. Two camps are offered per summer. Campers who wish to repeat the same Jr. Roleplayer camp that they have already done will be put on a waiting list until April 1 to allow those who haven’t done that camp before a chance to register.