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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

  • Author Kevin Hayes accepts the George Washington Prize at Mount Vernon in May.

    2018 George Washington Prize winner Kevin Hayes will discusses George Washington: A Life in Books and the craft of narrative writing at Washington College on Oct. 23.

  • As a rising senior, Rachel Brown ’16 was a student leader on a new-student orientation program aboard the Sultana.

    Landing a job at National Geographic even before she had graduated, Rachel Brown ’16 hit the ground learning and hasn’t slowed down yet.

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    GALLERY: In the year 1587, over 100 English men, women and children land on Roanoke Island in the hope of starting a new European colony. Just a few years later they are gone without a
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  • First-year students listen to Tom McHugh’s musical storytelling.

    The Starr Center’s freshman Orientation Explore trip introduced ten intrepid young mariners to the history and lore of the Chesapeake.

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    PHOTO GALLERY: Sociologist Alexandra Cox fascinated listeners on Sept. 27 as she recounted her experience working with incarcerated teenagers as they made their way through the New York juvenile justice system.  Cox examined how a...

  • 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.