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Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience explores the American experience in all its diversity and complexity, seeks creative approaches to illuminating the past, and inspires thoughtful conversation informed by history. 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.

Starr Center Stories

  • Former Patrick Henry Writing Fellow Daniel Mark Epstein returns to Chestertown on October 4 to discuss his new book The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin’s House

  • Nathaniel Philbrick, the 2017 George Washington Prize winner for Valiant Ambition, will speak at Washington College on September 19.

  • Historian and author Craig Steven Wilder will speak on race, slavery, and the American university on September 28.

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    PHOTO GALLERY The Starr Center welcomes a new class of WC adventurers aboard the schooner Sultana during pre-orientation at Washington College.

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    Our 2017 Explore America interns wowed us with presentations of the highlights of their summer internships at the Smithsonian, National  C onstitution  C enter, Historic Jamestown, and more.

  • Through the Starr Center’s Explore America summer internship program, art and art history major Anna Zastrow ’17 is working at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in Suitland, Maryland.