Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience is dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to the American past and present. Through educational programs, scholarship and public outreach, and a special focus on written history, the Starr Center seeks to bridge the divide between the academic world and the public at large.
Our staff and visiting fellows publish frequent articles on American history in many major publications, from The New York Times and The Washington Post to National Geographic and Smithsonian.
The Center sponsors a rich array of talks and other free public events presented by leading American historians, political figures, journalists, authors, and creative artists. From its base in the circa-1746 Custom House along Chestertown’s colonial waterfront, the Center also serves as a portal onto a world of opportunities for Washington College students – including road trips, research projects, publishing opportunities, and fully paid summer internships at leading American museums, archives, and national parks.
Free Custom House audio tours here!
C.V. Starr Center for the Study
of the American Experience
Custom House - 101 South Water St.
Chestertown, MD 21620