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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

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    GALLERY John R. Bohrer ’06, a former Starr Center student fellow, returns to campus to discuss his new book on Robert F. Kennedy. Senator Birch Bayh, a Starr Center Senior Fellow, is in attendance to...

  • Boston's Massacre

    Seven authors have been chosen as finalists for the 2018 George Washington Prize, for books ranging in topic from the Burr conspiracy to Patrick Henry, from the power of objects to the Boston Massacre.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered during a series of events in April.

    Washington College and the Chestertown community will remember Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination with a series of events April 3-6 honoring his life and legacy.

  • 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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    Marking the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth in February 2018, Washington College posthumously awarded him the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws.  Awards for Excellence were presented to David Blight, a professor of history at Yale...

  • 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.