City of Alexandria, VA
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Lyceum 2012 Summer Camp
Clio’s Kids: A History Mini-Camp: Time Travelers
In our “Time Travelers” camp we explored what life was like in Alexandria’s past and how we learn about our history. We played games, read stories, and visited places related to different aspects of our city's history each day of camp. Look below to find more books to read, local places to visit, and websites to learn more about our camp theme.
Learn More About It!
Thomas, Peggy and Layne Johnson. Farmer George Plants a Nation. Honesdale, PA: Calkins Creek, 2008.
Van Leeuwen, Jean and Marco Ventura. The Amazing Air Balloon. New York: Phyllis Fogelman Books, 2003.
Fleming, Candace and S. D. Schindler. A Big Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1999.
Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald and E. B. Lewis. Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.
Osborne, Mary Pope and Steve Johnson. New York's Bravest. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
Houston, Gloria and Lloyd Bloom. But No Candy. New York: Philomel Books, 1992.
Stevenson, James. Don’t You Know There’s a War On? New York: Greenwillow Books, 1992.
Find instructions for five World War II-related projects you can do at home, including templates for cut-out puppets and a code-breaking activity.
Wartime for children in Britain was both similar and different than wartime for children in America. Topical sections like “Food and Rationing,” “Growing Up in Wartime,” and “Children at War,” include photographs and images of letters and documents. Under the “Activities” section, follow Vera, a British girl, on a virtual tour of wartime home. Go shopping in 1943 with your ration book and see what you can buy. Read excerpts from letters and look at pictures.
A selection of photographs and posters of America during World War II. Be sure to click on image #16 “Sugar Rationing” to see an example of lining up for rationed items. Image #17 shows a boy using his ration book to buy a can of vegetable juice.
Visit the museum’s small exhibition and try a hands-on activity. You may even find some volunteers washing, marking and cataloguing artifacts from the latest dig, like we saw during our field trip! Check out their programs page to learn more about participation in family dig days and other events.
The Friendship Fire Company, established in 1774, was the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855. The Engine Room on the first floor houses hand-drawn fire engines and historic fire-fighting equipment. The second floor Meeting Room contains ceremonial objects such as parade uniforms, capes, banners and other regalia.
An outdoor component of the “Within These Walls…” exhibition, the 130-foot-long Victory Garden is planted on the terrace outside the National Museum of American History's cafeteria. The “Within These Walls…” exhibition, on the 2nd floor, covers the stories of five families who lived in one New England house, including the Scott family who lived there during World War II.