Immerse: History Camps

The Thomas County Historical Society offers several ways for families and children to immerse themselves in the history of our community.  Annual summer camp programming and monthly Make History at the Museum allows kids to get hands-on with history!

 Camp Dawson & Camp LPH 

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Mark Your Calendars!

Camp Dawson 

at the Museum of History

June 5-9, 2017

This year we’re adding a few new twists to the perennial favorite, Time Travelers Club History Camp.  Have no fear, our revamped Camp Dawson is rooted in the same activities and themes that have inspired and engaged Thomas County campers for nearly 20 years, just with a little added museum mischief and adventure.  In addition to our traditional hands-on history-based activities, we want to engage our campers in new explorations of the community around us.  We are embracing the elements of S.T.E.A.H.M: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, History, and Math that can be found and applied in our own backyard about our community’s evolution.

Campers will progress through Thomas County history, starting with the Native Americans and work their way up to the 20th-Century using resources available here at the Museum and in our surrounding neighborhood, including the Lapham-Patterson House.  We’ll explore what makes Thomasville and Thomas County unique while putting ourselves in the place of past Thomasvillians.  We hope that you’ll join us June 5-9, 2017  for a week of adventure and discovery!   Includes all craft supplies, camp shirt, and snack daily.

 Camp LPH

at the Lapham-Patterson House

June 20-22, 2017

We’re also expanding our focus at what was formerly known as Victorian Thomasville Camp.  Now called, Camp LPH, we will explore the time period between the 1880’s when the Lapham-Patterson House was constructed, to the 1940’s, nearing the end of the Patterson family’s occupation of the house.  This means we can dig deeper into the house, its history, and its families. Camp LPH will still culminate in the campers’ construction and launch of hot air balloons to commemorate the c. 1886 launch of a hot air balloon over Thomasville.  Camp LPH, June 20-22, 2017.   Includes all craft supplies and snack daily.

Camp registration information will be mailed to members of the Thomas County Historical Society soon.  At that time, rising 3rd through 6th graders may register for both Camp Dawson and Camp LPH. To join or renew your membership, please visit  Priority registration will be given to members of the Historical Society and will open to the public soon after.

See our listing in The Townie

2016 Camp Dawson & Camp LPH Registration Form

To reserve your camper’s spot today, print, complete, & return to:

PO Box 1922

Thomasville, GA 31799

Online Registration 

Priority registration for Historical Society Members will continue through mid-April.  Following that date, registration will open to all interested campers.  Registration is first come, first served and camp fees must be paid in full to reserve your spot.