The Pursuit of History® is the non-profit organization that engages adults in conversation about history and connects them with historic sites in their communities and across the country through innovative in-person and online programming. Our in-person annual events include History Camp Boston (the first, started in 2014), History Camp Colorado, History Camp Virginia, and, more in the works.
After everything shut down in March 2020, we began a weekly discussion series with noted authors and historians. These are streamed every Thursday night at 8 pm (Eastern) and are archived.
That summer, since folks weren’t traveling to visit historic sites, we realized that what history lovers and historic sites both needed was a safe, easy way to “meet,” so on August 1, 2020 we presented America’s Summer Roadtrip from 9 am to 9 pm, with tours of 12 historic sites and live Q&A with the staff.
With the prospect of in-person History Camps looking dim the following year, in July we held History Camp America, our first nationwide History Camp, an all-day event that included more than 25 sessions and a half-dozen tours of historic sites across the country.
The Pursuit of History is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity formed in 2019. We do not receive any government funding and rely entirely on private donations. Please join us in The Pursuit of History.
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“I’ve been to dozens of official academic conferences with big names where all submissions are thoroughly vetted by panels of experts, and none of those conferences were as fun and informative as History Camp.”
“History Camp is a great way for history fans to share and learn from each other.
It is a wonderful experience that is educational for all.”
“There were so many different subjects and genres of history, all of them interesting, that it was difficult to choose which lectures to attend. I wish I could have been in two or three places at once.”
“In the North West Territory, the British did not give up all of their forts. Fort Detroit and other Forts in the Great Lakes continued to be held by the British.”
—Dr. Sam Forman, author
History Camp Session: Epic Adventure across Racial and Geographic Frontiers of American Revolutionary Era
“Newspapers were often influential in shaping the events leading up to the Revolution, and it’s in that period that we see the growth of the idea of the Free Press.”
—John. L. Bell, author
History Camp Session: Tales from Boston's Pre-Revolutionary Newspaper Wars
“1630 which is when the Puritans arrived in Boston. In September of 1730, they name it Boston for Boston Lincolnshire, and the rest is history.”
—Rose A. Doherty, author
History Camp Session: Park Street: A Mirror of Boston for Centuries
“I love the community that comes with History Camp.
The range of sessions this year was great.”
“The topics were great and varied enough that I wouldn’t have gotten the breadth of knowledge at any other single event.”
“The Irish attacked Canada not just once, but five times—between 1866 and 1871.”
—Christopher Klein, author
History Camp Session: When the Irish Invaded Canada: It's No Blarney
“It really was the best set of speakers I’ve seen at a conference: relaxed and informed and direct.”
“The campaign to portray Hamilton as un-American or a monarchist or a plutocrat doesn‘t stop after Hamilton is killed.”
—Stephen Knott, author and professor
History Camp Session: Alexander Hamilton: The Man, the Myths, the Musical
“My only disappointment—and it’s a good problem to have—is that there were so many sessions I wanted to attend at the same time.”
“In 1789 when George Washington came to Boston the town had organized itself by trades for the parade and the printers marched with their composing sticks…”
Gary Gregory, founder, The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
History Camp Session: Printing and Revolution: The Role of Printers in Revolutionary Boston
”It was fun to meet people from such a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.
The people were great and genuinely interested in what everyone was doing and what they had to say.”
“These are the 19 people who died here and who need to be remembered for something other than Halloween.”
—Marilynne K. Roach, author
History Camp Session: Salem‘s Gallows Hill Project