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22 - Jul
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Where:Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, Florida, United States, 33040
Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the intensive nature of our camps, we are unable to accommodate children under 6 years of age.) Don your derby, bonnet or top hat and relive the wrecking era in Key West. In 1825, Congress passed the Federal Wrecking Act and opened the floodgates for an industry that catapulted Key West to fame and fortune. Between 1828 and the 1850s, Key West was considered the richest city in the country, per capita. A winning combination of coral reefs, the Gulf Stream, weather patterns, and increased trade led to a lucrative industry for Key West locals. In this camp, the children will learn about the apparatus used in wreck and salvage operations. Peering through traditional sight glasses, they will locate the submerged bounty and then build tripods, swingarms, and sling carts to retrieve the materials. We will wrap the week up with a traditional wreckers race to the lighthouse using paper boats and rubber band cannons. Join Deadeye Rick and Briggers Kevin for a fun educational experience. About instructor Rick Wheelus AKA DeadeyeRick is a renowned Civil War reenactor and volunteer historian at Fort Taylor and Fort Jefferson. He has been involved with educational outreach programs that include living history events, medieval festivals, Civil War Boot Camp and Operation Purple. Deadeye's Workshop, Rick's community-centered organization, is currently involved in restoration efforts at Fort Taylor and the building of temporary museum displays inside the fort. He is currently working with the Key West Fringe Theater on the production of Hamlet. About instructor Kevin Lisinski Kevin has been working in the field of childcare since he was fourteen years old. He was responsible for the operation of the Community Center and summer program for the Department of Parks and Recreation in Bristol, Rhode Island. Kevin has worked as a behavioral specialist, working primarily with behaviorally-challenged youth in a variety of programs throughout the country.
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