On Friday we traveled down to the Sports Legends Museum next to Camden Yards. Our campers learned the history of the Orioles, Ravens, Colts and many other sports team both college and pro from the area. While we don't have as many World Series trophies as the Yankees, it was nice to see the ones we do have. Hopefully we have another one to add for next year! Many of our campers did not know that the Colts had once been a Baltimore team. The day before we watch the ESPN documentary, "The Band that Wouldn't Die" to give them some background. Next we walked over to the Babe Ruth Museum and learned about the life of the famous baseball player from Baltimore. After the tour we enjoyed a walk to the Inner Harbor and of course the fountains. While we did take a mile off of our walk by using the free and green Charm City Circulator, we still managed to walk 4 miles. That brings our total of 12.8 miles for the camp so far!
We began today with another visit to the Jewish Museum of Maryland. We explored two exhibits there. "The Voices of Lombard" exhibit depicts a timeline of immigrants to the community in the early 20th century and how they integrated with the variety of ethnic groups already in the area. The "Zap, Bam, Pow" exhibit is an incredible display of comic book history including the first sketch of Superman. Many of the early comic book authors and illustrators were Jewish. Students conducted a scavenger hunt at both sites and even created their own villains and heros! If you have not been to the Jewish Museum of Maryland I highly recommend it. They have hosted us for years and I always look forward to our next tour there. We ended the day with lunch at the Inner Harbor Food Court and then outside to cool down in the fountains for a couple of hours. We walked a total of 4.2 miles today. Add that to yesterday's hike of 3.6 miles and we have marched a total of 7.8 miles in our first two days! For more pics go to the bottom of the page here.
We added yet another tour to the Maryland Historical Society on Friday. Our students were broken up into two groups. One group toured the Civil War in Maryland exhibit. They worked together to explore the exhibit and find out key issues of the day that divided our state and the city of Baltimore. The other group was allowed upstairs in the Archives. There they worked with the actual primary source documents revolving around the Pratt St. Riots. Some of the documents were articles from the Sun, others were drawings and some were diary recordings. A fascinating day to say the least! A big thanks to the Maryland Historical Society for providing such an in depth research opportunity for our students!
The weather cooperated with us today and we were able to take a trip to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum today. Students learned a lot about Maryland and Baltimore African American history. Ask them about Benjamin Banneker, Harriet Tubman, Cab Calloway and Dr. Ben Carson!
We had an absolutely amazing trip yesterday to Philadelphia. Students completed research on Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, George Washington's home and the National Constitution Center as part of our American Revolution theme. They were also given many compliments for their behavior but also for their knowledge of the American Revolution and the founding of our country! I will let you know when we upload more pics!
We had an absolutely incredible visit to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. last Friday. Students were able to finish their Colonial Projects with some key details they found at the "Written in Bone" exhibit. We also visited the Titaniboa and Mammals exhibits while we were there. Our students received praise from other visitors while we were there. One high school group from Richmond was not only impressed with their behavior but also how immersed they were in their projects and scavenger hunts! We ended the trip with lunch on the National Mall enjoying the beautiful day!
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