Keeywadin's long summer

On Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m., the Henry Sheldon Museum presents a talk by Mike Vorenberg entitled "Waifs in the Wilderness: Keewaydin, Vermont Summer Camping, and a Century of American Childhood."

The talk is sure to bring back fond memories whether you were a camper at Keewaydin or experienced fun times at another summer camp.

For more than 100 years, the woods of Vermont have been a summer home to thousands of young men and women who have traveled here to attend camp.

As sites of intimate experiences with wilderness, character building, and just plain fun, summer camps have become some of the most important educational institutions in our society today.

Mike Vorenberg, the author of the centennial history of Keewaydin on Lake Dunmore, will talk about the intertwined histories of summer camps such as Keewaydin and American youth in general.

Using the rich photographic collections of the Sheldon Museum to illustrate his talk, he will discuss the ways in which summer camps in Addison County have shaped and been shaped by the region's history.

Mike Vorenberg is the author of two books on the American Civil War and, most recently, of Faithful and True: 100 Years at Keewaydin on Dunmore. He is an associate professor of history at Brown University in Providence, R.I., where he has taught since 1999.

The fee for the talk is $5 for Museum members and Keewaydin alums/$7 for non-members; reservations are not required.

The Henry Sheldon Museum is located at 1 Park Street in downtown Middlebury across from the Ilsley Library. Museum hours: through October 17: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 1-5 p.m. Fall/Winter/Spring: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Research Center hours: Tues. - Fri. 1-5 p.m. Admission to the Museum is $5 Adults; $3 Youth (6-18); $4.50 Seniors; $12 Family. For more information call 802-388-2117 or visit www.henrysheldonmuseum.org.

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