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?
April 2 talk will recount the colorful tale of Nathaniel Bacon and his revolt against Virginia’s Colonial Governor.
Kathy Thornton ’13 has traveled as far as Easter Island and as near as the Chester River to study the connections between environment and history.
Using late medieval Muslim travelogues as her guide, history Professor Janet Sorrentino will study ancient places and customs of religious ritual during a Dumbarton Oaks fellowship and a trip to Turkey and Spain this spring.
“My professors always encouraged us to look at history from different perspectives and to see the shades of the historical story as experienced by the different groups of people who lived it,” writes Alyssa, who spent the summer after graduation in Fayette County, West Virginia, interning at the Whipple Company Store & Appalachian Heritage Museum.