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Study of the American Experience

Road Trips

Our free weekend “road trips” to some of the region’s most historic places provide hands-on learning opportunities for inquisitive Washington College students. Road trips take students behind-the-scenes at national museums, put them in front row seats to experience professional theater, and lead them through city streets and down dusty country lanes exploring our nation’s past.

Spring 2016

Library of Congress Research Road Trips
Tuesday, March 22
Friday, April 29
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Travel with the Starr Center and Miller Library this semester to explore the  greatest library in the world, the Library of Congress. You’ll get a Reader Identification Card and learn how to use the library’s research centers and reading rooms. Note: Lunch will be provided; students from all departments/majors who are currently working on research are encouraged to attend. Register here.

Behind-the-Scenes at Baltimore’s Libraries and Museums
Friday, March 4
8:00 .am. - 6:00 p.m.
The Starr Center and Miller Library invite you to join us as we visit three world-renowned archival and museum collections in Baltimore. At the George Peabody Library we’ll meet with Curator Paul Espinosa where we’ll look at their rare book collection. Inside the Enoch Pratt Free Library we’ll meet Michael Johnson, the manager of special collections, to look at the archival collection and an overview of their renovation plans. And, we’ll visit The Walters Art Museum where we’ll meet with Elisabetta Polidori, Associate Conservator of Paper and Book Materials, in their conservation lab. Note: Funds toward lunch will be provided; students from all departments/majors are encouraged to attend. Register here. First come, first served.

Colonial Williamsburg and Richmond,  Virginia
Friday, April 1- Sunday, April 3
Join the Global Education Office and the Starr Center for an overnight adventure to Virginia. We will leave WAC on Friday afternoon and spend Friday evening and Saturday morning experiencing the sites of the city of Richmond including Monument Avenue, the Museum of Fine Arts, and dive into Civil War history at the Tredegar Iron Works. Saturday and Sunday explore our nation’s founding era at Colonial Williamsburg. The cost of the trip is $150, which includes transportation, hotel, and entrance tickets.

How to register:
Go to the Burser’s Office in Bunting to pay for the tripBring your receipt to GEO in Foster House, 409 Washington Ave.
Sign waiver.

For more information contact Jean Wortman at jwortman2@washcoll.edu.

Past Road Trips

We’ve traveled to destinations as diverse as Arena Stage, Washington, D.C., Old City Philadelphia, Broadway, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty in New York City, Gettysburg National Military Park and, closer to home, Backwater National Wildlife Refuge following in the footsteps of local and national hero Harriett Tubman.