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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

  • Irene Moore and Paris Young look over some history.

    As an intern at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Paris Young ’21 is helping develop an innovative project that will digitize and preserve African American history.

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    PHOTO GALLERY Our StoryQuest oral historians spent the summer interviewing WWII veterans and those who contributed to the homefront efforts during the war. They made some new friends along the way.

  • The Young Historians show off their official reader's cards from the Library of Congress.

    The College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience hosted its first summer conference for high school students in mid-July.

  • Sara Underwood works on a museum display.

    Through the Starr Center’s Explore America Summer Internship program, history major Sara Underwood ’19 is working as a curatorial and collections management intern at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

  • Cam Terwilliger is the 2018-19 Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellow, in residence this summer at Washington Colle...

    In residence at the Starr Center as the 2018-19 Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellow, writer Cam Terwilliger is finishing his first historical novel exploring the clash of cultures in 18th-Century America on the edge of the western wilderness.  

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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. ...