Summer with the Past

Discovering 18th and 19th Century Art, Crafts, & History

Decorating a checker board and checkers

Summer with the Past programs are open to children ages 7 through 11.  This year sessions will be held at the Chapman-Hall House, in Damariscotta, and the 1811 Old Jail, in Wiscasset. The participants will be introduced to each site’s unique history and enjoy a variety of projects and games popular in the 18th and 19th Centuries.  These activities vary depending on the time frame of the historic site and vary from year to year.  Among the activities planned for both sites are art and textile projects, and unique craft work.

In support of summer reading, each child can choose an historical theme book to borrow for the week.  The books have been chosen based on their historical themes, and/or their relevance to Maine.

You can download the registration form here. This form can also be accessed using the link below. Pre-registration is required. If you are considering registering your child (children) and you need assistance covering the fee, please submit a letter explaining why you would like to be considered for scholarship money.  These funds have become available this year through the generous support of LCHA donors.

Children will need to bring their own snack, drink, and lunch.  Please have children arrive on time to begin the day’s activities, and please, pick them up promptly at the end of the day’s program.   We look forward to meeting your child and sharing a fun week of history and activities.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Louise Miller, LCHA Education Director, oversees Summer with the Past program. She brings to the program an extensive background in museum work and school programs built on American history, particularly daily life in the 18th and early 19th centuries.  During the rest of the year, Louise is working with mid-coast schools and home schools to enhance awareness of LCHA’s three historic sites and the roles they played in the development of the Lincoln County we know today.


Sessions & Dates:

Chapman-Hall House

June 27 – July 1, 2022

9AM to 1PM

Fee: $80 ($70 for members)

1811 Old Jail

August 8 – 12, 2022

9AM to 3PM

Fee: $125 ($115 for members)


To download the registration form, click here.