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History

Making the Past Present

“History teaches everything, including the future”
— Alphonse de Lamartine

Discover your future with the Washington College history department.

Our faculty is passionate about history. Dr. Richard Striner is known for wearing vintage clothing to class. The professors are mentors who enjoy collaborating with their students. For her latest book, Dr. Carol Wilson asked one of her students to compile the index.

Students also do their own independent research. All students must complete a senior capstone, and there are fellowships, such as the Comegys Bight Fellowship as well as opportunities to submit work to competitions sponsored by the Phi Alpha Theta honor society.

History comes alive here on Fridays in the spring and fall, when students and faculty play town ball on the campus green. The college, one of the oldest in the nation, and Chestertown, with its charming buildings and rich history, are valuable resources to anyone interested in American history.

Understanding the past is key to understanding the future. What does your future hold?

Recent Stories

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    A Veterans Day performance to be staged in Decker Theatre is built around student interviews with area veterans of WWII, conducted for the C.V. Starr Center’s StoryQuest oral histories project, “The Real War.” The November 11 event includes music, projected images and spoken word performances.
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    A book talk by history professor Ken Miller will explain how the unruly British and Hessian prisoners housed in their midst helped the diverse community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania unite as Americans.
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    History isn’t quite a thing of the past for rising senior Robbie Teel ’15, who has spent his summer helping to uncover it at Historic Jamestowne.

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