The organization behind History Camp and
The Pursuit of History Weekends
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, which we started in 2014, and Pursuit of History Weekends, which started at Valley Forge in 2023. Our online programs include weekly in-depth History Camp Discussions with noted historians and authors.
In March 2014, Founder Lee Wright organized the first history “unconference” in Cambridge, Massachusetts, called History Camp. Over the next decade, the History Camp model was expanded to annual unconferences in Boston, Massachusetts; the Pioneer Valley, Western Massachusetts; Littleton, Colorado; Des Moines Iowa; and Richmond, Virginia—welcoming thousands of history enthusiasts representing a wide array of interests and expertise.
In August 2020 we produced our first major online all-day event—a 12-hour-long America’s Summer Roadtrip which features virtual tours to 12 historic sites and live Q&A with the staff of each one.
The following year we launched History Camp America—our first nationwide History Camp—an all-day event that included more than 25 sessions, a half-dozen tours of historic sites across the country, and exclusive access to replays for registrants.
In-person History Camps returned in 2022 with History Camp Boston 2022. In the fall, History Camp America 2022 welcomed participants from across the country for our second all day, all online History Camp with sessions on a wide variety of topics and behind-the-scenes tours of historic sites in the US and UK.
In May 2023, we introduced our first curated day to explore a topic in-depth where history happened. “The Pursuit of History: Forging the Continental Army.” This was an exclusive opportunity for a small number of people to experience a historic site and learn about the individuals involved in a way never offered before. The following day we held our first History Camp Valley Forge, and on Sunday, two tours were offered, “Forward Operating Base Valley Forge” or “Revolutionary Philadelphia.
“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
The Pursuit of History is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity formed in 2019.
We rely on private donations for more than 80% of our funding.