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C.V. Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience is dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to the American past and present. 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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    As this year’s Patrick Henry Writing Fellow, historian Benjamin Irvin will work on his book about how the young United States cared for its disabled soldiers after the Revolution.

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    His summer fellowship at George Washington’s Mount Vernon has given Ian Culcasi an in-depth and intimate view of the world of the nation’s first president.

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    The student researchers of StoryQuest record oral histories about the World War II stories of Chestertown veterans and the civilians who kept things going on the home front.

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    Six Washington College students spent five weeks this summer working on the Starr Center’s Dr. Davy H. McCall World War II History Project, learning the process of collecting oral histories. 
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    After spending a year abroad at Washington College, Aldo Ponterosso ’16 is finishing up his time in America with an internship in Washington D.C. that is helping him better define his future.

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    2015 George Washington Book Prize winner Nick Bunker along with finalists Richard Dunn, Francois Furstenberg and Eric Nelson were honored at a black tie gala at Mount Vernon on May 20.  The winner of one...