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?
The March 29 Goodfellow Lecture will examine colonial America through the unique perspective of German soldiers who fought for the British.
Supported by a grant from the Cater Society of Junior Fellows, history major Sarah Graff ’18 has digitized a collection of letters from World War II soldiers — all former students at Washington College.
History professor Carol Wilson collaborated with three of her students in an independent research project that sheds new light on African-American abolitionists from Maryland’s Eastern Shore.