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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

  • Seven books, and nine authors, are finalists for the annual $50,000 prize that recognizes the past year’s best-written works on the nation’s founding era.

  • 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.

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    Vocalist, pianist, and jazz artist Dena Underwood in a performance that provides an alternative look at the Great American Songbook. Through music and narration, Underwood, joined by writer and lecturer Ashley Coleman.

  • Sumner Hall and Washington College’s Starr Center are partnering to bring the Smithsonian exhibition The Way We Worked to Chestertown in 2017.