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Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience

Tentative Schedule

“History off the Page: Making the Past Present”
Three days of in-depth workshops and hands-on exploration of the historian’s craft for high school students.

wil and washTuesday, July 17

Students arrive at Washington College
Meet and Greet with program staff and dinner in the Dining Hall

Exploring the world around usWednesday,  July 18

Welcome to Washington College and the Starr Center
“Seeing Our Surroundings” a walking expedition through Chestertown
Lunch at the 18th century Custom House, home base for the Starr Center.
“Digging History” hands-on practice at Washington College’s Public Archaeology Lab
“Telling the Stories” Best-selling authors and historians give tips on how to write history.


roadtripThursday, July 19

Capital History” road trip to Washington, DC

We’re off to the nation’s capital! Explore behind-the-scenes with historians and museum curators at the storied Smithsonian Institution and other nationally significant historic sites.
“Dinner in the District”
Dine with Washington College student interns and young alums.



Capturing oral histories.Friday, July 20

“Writing your Way into College” Meet with our admissions staff and craft a compelling application that captures your personal history.
“Listening to History” is an introduction to Oral History led by the Starr Center’s nationally recognized StoryQuest team. There will be time to conduct your own interviews.
Visit Butlertown and experience the musical and oral traditions of one of Kent County’s historic African American communities.
“Reading the Riverscape” Cruise the Chester River and discover how nature and history intertwine in this unique place.
Crab feast and culminating activities. Cap off your conference with a Maryland culinary tradition on the banks of the Chester River. 


picnicSaturday, July 21

Breakfast in Hodson Hall
Students depart