Traveling History Program
Camp & Classes
Life in Colonial Backcountry
Please check back regularly for future camps and classes.
Camps & classes will take place at Harris Depot Park held in conjunction with the Harrisburg Farmer’s Market:
6960 Harris Depot Rd, Harrisburg NC 28075
To register please visit: https://secure.rec1.com/NC/harrisburg-nc/catalog
Please dress in clothing appropriate for the class or camp.
**Instructors may or may not contact you prior to the camp’s, class’, or program’s start date. Please plan on arriving on the first day at the designated location and time.
If you have questions about the camp, class, or program, please contact the Town of Harrisburg Parks and Recreation. Our phone number is (704) 455-7275 and we are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm daily, unless otherwise posted.**
About Instructor: Matthew Waisner
My name is Matthew Waisner and I have loved history as far back as I can remember. I started reenacting history as well as educating others regarding history in 1996. I began with The American Civil War and have since branched out to the Colonial Period including Life in the Backcountry, The American Revolution, and the turn of the 19th century. I am always looking for new time periods and ways of making history leap off the page! History is fun and should be made fun. History is a compass! Without it we do not know where we have been and where we are going.
I graduated from Mars Hill University with a BA in History. Following graduation, I took a position at Historic Latta Planation as an interpreter and over time became the event coordinator, educator, and site director. In the 11 years I spent there I worked on creating and running events, running camps, creating and performing education programs, conducting house tours, and coordinating and working with volunteers. Since leaving Latta Plantation I have created History Alive which takes history programs and camps to schools, parks, events, and more. My programs are for all ages and are interactive. They play on your senses: taste, touch, smell, hear, and feel so that you truly experience history and leave with an appreciation and understanding of what those that went before us went through and experienced. For a brief moment you are transported back into time.
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