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Past Times Summer Camp explores local history

DESTREHAN — The River Road Historical Society will offer its second annual Past Times Summer Camp at Destrehan Plantation to introduce children ages 7 to 12 to Louisiana history, culture and heritage spanning the years from the Native American inhabitants to the Civil War.

Organized and operated by Destrehan Plantation staff members and volunteers with expertise in numerous topics related to Louisiana history, Past Times Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 21 – 25.

Each day, campers will use the extensive grounds and buildings of Destrehan Plantation as the backdrop for their fun and learning. The camp will include indoor and outdoor activities as the children explore history from the earliest inhabitants to the Civil War. The camp includes presentations by staff members and volunteers along with numerous hands-on activities to make history come alive. Some of the activities include making and playing old-time toys and games, butter making, candle making, and rope making as our ancestors would have done in the 1700s and 1800s, and daily opportunities to read, write and talk about Louisiana history.

The registration fee is $180 per camper. This includes all supplies needed to complete numerous hands-on activities and snacks provided on some days. The registration deadline is June 1.

Past Times Camp will operate in accordance with the COVID-19 guidelines in place at that time.

For the registration form and camp fees, please visit destrehanplantation.org or contact Rachel Allemand, heritage educator coordinator, at 985-764-9315, ext. 3.