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C.V. Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience

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.

Starr Center Stories

  • Best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich on April 14 will share the insights she’s gleaned from four decades of singular and insightful reporting on the reality of work in America.

  • 75 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Starr Center’s StoryQuest Oral History Program seeks to record and preserve stories from the people who lived through the historic event.

  • In a gathering with community and College organizers of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street that is coming to Chestertown this spring, Lonnie Bunch praised participants for recognizing the power of work to bring people together and define our common past and present.


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    We saw a great turn-out of campus and community members for the opening of “The Way We Worked” exhibition, part of the of Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program.