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C.V. Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Washington College’s 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

  • Through the Starr Center’s Explore America summer internship program, junior Madi Shenk is working at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

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    Torrential rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those at the George Washington Prize gala at Mount Vernon. Nathaniel Philbrick was honored for his prize-winning book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate ...

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    A special evening at the Garfield Center for the Arts - a sold out performance and a red-carpet walk mark the premiere of Choppin’ at the Shop. This original musical and multimedia presentation ...

  • Best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick wins the 2017 George Washington Prize for his story of the complex relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.

  • Working this summer as the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellow in residence, Andrew Lawler is bringing a new perspective to studying the 430-year-old mystery of the Roanoke Colony.

  • 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.