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Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience explores the American experience in all its diversity and complexity, seeks creative approaches to illuminating the past, and inspires thoughtful conversation informed by history. Through educational programs, scholarship and public outreach, and a special focus on written history, the Starr Center seeks to bridge the divide between the academic world and the public at large.

Starr Center Stories

  • High and Wides

    Featuring jazz, gospel, bluegrass, rockabilly, and more, the 2018 Riverfront Concert Series demonstrates the appeal of grassroots music that arose from city streets, juke joints, mountain hollows, and African American churches across America.

  • Kevin Hayes’s George Washington: A Life in Books wins the 2018 George Washington Prize.

    Lending fresh insight into the bookish mind of our founding father, author Kevin J. Hayes has won the 2018 George Washington Prize for his work George Washington: A Life in Books.

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    PHOTO GALLERY Guests gather at Mount Vernon on a lovely May evening to honor Kevin J. Hayes the winner of the 2018 George Washington Prize for his book George Washington: A Life in Books. ...

  • Andrew Darlington ’19 presented a talk at the AHA conference about his experience with the Starr Center's Story...

    What happens when a group of inquisitive young scholars encounters the most prestigious gathering of historians in the country?

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    PHOTO GALLERY: The Starr Center, partnering with Black Studies and the Anthropology Department, led students on a road trip to Talbot County to discover the places that shaped the life of Frederick Douglass. Throughout 2018...

  • Adam Goodheart at work in the Library of Congress on his new book, 1865: The Rebirth of a Nation.

    Adam Goodheart, director of the College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, has earned a National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar Award to research and write his next Civil War bestseller.