Award-winning ArchiCamp offered at Linton

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Indiana Landmarks, the Linton Public Library, and the Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center of Greene County will offer a two-day workshop for youngsters next month that will explore the history of Linton as well as the local coal mining industry and the train era.

ArchiCamp for children will be conducted June 15-16 at the Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center.

"Participants spend both days -- from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m -- discovering Linton's past through architecture and hands-on activities," said Suzanne Stanis, Indiana Landmarks Director of Heritage Education and Information. "Campers will search for clues to Linton's past through historic photographs while capturing the town today using digital cameras. They'll also walk the streets of downtown on a magnetic scavenger hunt and use recycled materials to create models of their favorite buildings."

Guest instructors for the program open to youngsters age 8-12 will be local historian Fred Markle, Fred Allen will talk about the coal mine days, Scott Stanton will rekindle memories about the area train era and will provide music. Becky Deischer with the Linton Public Library is also slated to help with the workshop.

"We will be talking about railroads and the railroad history and the fact that Linton was originally a 'company town'. We'll be building some models of some buildings that the kids can put together," Stanis said.

This is the first year for the ArchiCamp in Linton.

"We thought this was a great location and interesting architecture, so we decided to try one in Linton," Stanis pointed out.

The program, which has been offered throughout the state for the past 17 years, is the winner of a prestigious award from the American Association for State and Local History. The workshop encourages children to use their imaginations and powers of observation while teaching them about history, architecture, and renovation.

"We've been going around the state and working with different local partners. This will be our first time in Linton. It is a two-day program where we introduce the kids to their local history and architecture and do a lot of hands-on activities," Stanis told the Greene County Daily World.

Cost of the camp is $30 and includes refreshments, educational materials, and lunch on June 16 at Francisco de Borja Coffee House.

Campers should bring a sack lunch on June 15.

Enrollment for the camp is limited to 20 children. Reservations must be made by June 8.

Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects to heritage, and saves meaningful places.

With 10 offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns.

For more information on the not-for-profit organization and to register for the workshop call 1-317-639-4534 or toll free at 1-800-450-4534. Stanis can be contacted by e-mail at .

Visit to learn more about the program and Indiana Landmarks.

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  • :( They should raise the age limit to 30.

    -- Posted by per moenia urbis on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 8:33 PM
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    -- Posted by cruella on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 11:16 PM
  • Willow: Good point! I was being selfish.

    -- Posted by per moenia urbis on Mon, Jun 7, 2010, at 3:54 PM
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