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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.

The Starr Center supports and fosters the art of historical writing through the George Washington Book Prize, resident fellowships, and 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.

From its base in the circa-1746 Custom House along Chestertown’s colonial waterfront, 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.

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.

FREE Custom House audio tours. click here 

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C.V. Starr Center for the Study
of the American Experience

Custom House - 101 South Water St.
Chestertown, MD 21620
410-810-7161   jemley2@washcoll.edu

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  • Summer Opportunities
    Available!

    StoryQuest: Summer
    Oral History Workshop
    Focus: WWII Veterans
    of Kent County

    Tues-Thurs, June 3-26
    More information

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Summer Events

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