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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

  • 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.

  • During Feb. 16 lecture, visiting scholar Michael McDonnell will present a new look at Colonial American history through the eyes of the Anishinaabeg tribe.
  • On Wednesday, November 18, historian Kathleen DuVal will give a talk titled “Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution.”



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