New York historical society hosting summer camp exhibit

A historical society in upstate New York is focusing on the 120-history of summer camps in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Titled “Swimming, Singing, and S’mores: 120 Years of Camps in the Mid-Hudson Valley,” the exhibit opened last month at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society in Copake Falls, N.Y.

From the historical society’s website:

“Mud sliding, a plane dropping leaflets to open a camp’s end of season ‘Color Wars,’ a young pitcher strikes out a visiting Lou Gehrig, a polio epidemic, the controversial arrest and handcuffing of a popular camp owner, kids finding “lost” caves, folksinger Theodor Bickel entertaining campers. These are some of the stories in the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society’s summer exhibit on camps in the Hudson Valley.”

The exhibit is only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4 p.m., but it will be running through Columbus Day weekend.

Camps like Camp Scatico, YMCA Camp Wa Wa Segowea (which moved to Massachusetts in 1928), Camp Oleana, Camp Barrington and Camp Rhoda.



Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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