22 May 2020

Summer 2020

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Become a Hoptown History Hero with the Museums of Hopkinsville!


The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County will be offering a virtual camp this summer. The “camp” will begin on Tuesday, June 9 and will run for eight consecutive weeks to conclude with a final party and ceremony on Saturday, August 1. Each week focuses on an era or interesting stories from our community’s history. At the end of each week, our heroes-in-training will earn a special badge – and at the end of the program, participants will become an official Hoptown History Hero.

Here’s how it will work:

  • All heroes-in-training (and their guardians) will be part of a private Facebook group. The Facebook group will be a place for the Museum staff to share videos, photographs, and information about the week’s activities.
  • Each week will have a packet of activities and supplies that correspond with the week’s theme. Packets for each week will be available for pick up at the Pennyroyal Area Museum each Tuesday from 10am until 4pm. Arrangements for delivery can be made.
  • Heroes-in-training will be encouraged to explore and complete the week’s packet on his or her own. Activities will vary and will include crafts, puzzles, writing prompts, science experiments, and optional field trips.
  • With the completion of each week, heroes-in-training will receive a badge of honor.
  • At the end of the program, our Heroes-in-Training will be granted the official status as a true Hoptown History Hero.

Due to current restrictions, all activities will be done virtually and at home. If restrictions are eased before the end of the summer, we may make adjustments to the program to allow for in-house museum experiences.

Themes for each week:

  • Week 1, June 9 – 15: Pennyroyal Plateau and Ken-Tuk-Eh
    • The land, animals, and plants of the region and its earliest inhabitants
  • Week 2, June 16 – 22: The Commonwealth
    • The pioneer era and founding of the state and county
  • Week, 3, June 23 – 29: The Neutral State and its Aftermath
    • The years leading up to and following the Civil War with a special emphasis on the African American experience
  • Week 4, June 30 – July 6: Farming in the Black Patch and the Tobacco Wars
    • Agriculture and the battle over tobacco prices in the early 20th century
  • Week 5, July 7 – 13: Hoptown, Boomtown
    • Architecture, sports, education, Fort Campbell, businesses, churches, and more
  • Week 6, July 14 – 20: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Cayce
    • Lessons for life and growth from the work of the county’s most well-known former resident
  • Week 7, July 21 – 27: The Weird, the Wonderful, and Local Notables
    • Weird and wonderful stories of people and events that have impacted our community
  • Week 8, July 28 – August 1: Firefighting and Transportation
    • Special feature on the Hopkinsville Fire Department and all things mobile

The program is geared for kids between ages 7 and 12. Modifications for younger children and even for adults are available upon request.

Registration for the program is required and opens on Friday, May 22. Register online at Hoptown History Hero Registration or by calling 270-887-4270 on Monday through Friday from 10am until 4pm. Registration fee is $75 per person for the 8-week program.

Just want to join for one week? Registration for each week individually is $15 per person and can be done online at Hoptown History Hero Registration or by calling 270-887-4270.

Museum Members receive a 20% discount on full or weekly registration. Interested in becoming a Museum Member? Click HERE for more information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 270-887-4270 or by email at info@museumsofhopkinsville.org.

We can’t wait to turn you into a Hoptown History Hero!

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