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Step Back in Time Summer Camp Packets - June and July 2020

Girl at summer camp with corn hushs



Introduction to the packets

Notes for Week 3

Notes for Week 4, Rag Rug Weaving

Notes for Week 5, Quilt Pillow

2020 Step Back In Time in-person camp is cancelled but we are offering Camp Packets with activities, crafts, instructions, supplemental materials, and video links for families with elementary-aged children.

Notes for Week 6, Candles and Fire Starting

Themes, activities, and instructions are available for download:

  • Week 1: Pastimes, make a corn shuck doll and play games from long ago. Download Packet

June 10, 2020 update. Packets are all reserved.

Packets are limited to the first twenty families that contact the museum. Please call (828) 227-7129 or email our Office Manager to reserve your series of packets. Packets are free although a donation of $25 helps defray costs of supplies. The reserved packets can be picked up each Friday from 9am to 5pm at the MHC at Hunter Library on the WCU campus. Arrangements will be made to safely deliver the packet to your car.


Here are some activities you can try at home! Click on the title of the toy or activity to download a pdf of the instructions.


Foxfire 6 has many traditional toys and games. Here's one we've enjoyed making and playing with for many years.

Ball in Cup materials

Ball in Cup

Corn Shuck doll



Credit to the High Point Museum and the late Annie Lee Bryson of Cullowhee, NC for their assistance putting this sheet together.


Thanks to Susan Leveille for her assistance in working on this craft.

mug mat materials


mug mat



Bark baskets were made in the spring from the bark of Poplar trees. They were used by settlers to carry berries, kindling, and other small items. Make a replica bark basket out of cardboard.

bark basket in progress

Cardboard Bark Basket in progress.

finished bark basket

Thanks to Cagney Guest (MA 2015) and Sophie Potts (History, 2019).


Year-Round Fun at Mountain Heritage Center

Kids making cornshuck dolls at MHC

We have lots of fun learning activities going on through the year. Visit our calendar for event dates or contact us for more information.

Check out our hands-on activities in the MHC Gallery at Hunter Library.

Our theme currently is Wood:
Build a log cabin, solve a wooden puzzle, learn about different types of wood, and try to connect various types of joints.

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