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Belmont College and Wheeling Heritage to Host Youth Summer Camp

Tori Cannon, freshman at St. Clairsville High School, at the Belmont College BPR blacksmithing forge in preparation for Camp ART*chitecture.

Tori Cannon, freshman at St. Clairsville High School, at the Belmont College BPR blacksmithing forge in preparation for Camp ART*chitecture.


St. Clairsville, OH (July 9, 2015) – Belmont College’s Building Preservation/Restoration (BPR) program, along with Wheeling Heritage, will be hosting a three-day summer camp for youth ages 12-18. “Camp ART*chitecture” will be held Wednesday, July 29 through Friday, July 31 from 8:30am – 4:00pm. Campers will meet and dismiss each day at the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 1401 Main Street, Wheeling.


Camp ART*chitecture is an experiential summer workshop that allows campers the ability to explore history and several traditional building crafts through a series of unique, hands-on projects. Each day of camp will have a difference focus and participants will make small projects in traditional/architectural arts: stained glass, hot glass, blacksmithing, ceramics, and plaster.


“Camp ART*chitecture will introduce campers to the architectural arts, while at the same time help them build an appreciation of local historic infrastructure,” said Dave Mertz, Building Preservation/Restoration Program Chair. “By participating in hands-on activities, campers will get a feel and appreciation for the talent and effort that was necessary to create our historic architecture and what is now needed to maintain it.”


Mertz went on to say, “One of the objectives of camp ART*chitecture is to encourage young people to pursue a career in the architectural arts, architecture, or historic preservation. We want to cultivate an environment where students feel empowered to be curious and creative, while nurturing an awareness of the natural and built environment.”


The cost of the camp is $125 per camper, and includes snacks, lunches and transportation to the variety of venues that will be visited such as: Belmont College BPR studios, Greenwood Cemetery, Oglebay Institute’s Glass Museum, and several other venues in Downtown Wheeling.


“The Wheeling National Heritage Area benefits tremendously from our relationship with the BPR program,” said Jeremy Morris, Wheeling Heritage Executive Director. “The program faculty and students contribute to general preservation knowledge of the community and provide vital technical expertise that isn’t possessed our general preservation enthusiasts.”


Camp ART*chitecture is limited to 14 participants; those interested are encouraged to register early. A limited number of scholarships are available from Wheeling Heritage. For more information regarding the camp scholarships, contact Wheeling Heritage at 304.232.3087.


Further information and registration forms can be found at or from Cathie Senter, BPR Instructor, at 740.699.3938 or Registration forms must be postmarked no later than July 22, 2015 to Wheeling Heritage, PO Box 350, Wheeling, WV 26003.


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