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Study of the American Experience

Road Trips

Our free weekend “road trips” to some of the region’s most historic sites around the region draw participants from all over the academic spectrum.

Past Road Trips:

imageHistory on Broadway: Scottsboro Boys 
Spring, 2011
Led by Lois Kitz & Jill Ogline Titus 

Washington College students visited Broadway when the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Department of Drama led a Road Trip to NYC to witness a historical musical titled “The Scottsboro Boys.” The trip was followed up by a special program at Washington College featuring legendary Broadway composer John Kander (Chicago, Cabaret, West Side Story, Gypsy), librettist David Thompson (Steel Pier, Chicago) and actor Forrest McClendon who discussed their roles in the creation of The Scottsboro Boys, the new musical based on one of American history’s most infamous racial dramas.

imageAmerican Icons: The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

October 23, 2010
Led by Jill Ogline Titus & Michael Buckley

For generations, the landmarks of New York harbor welcomed immigrants to the United States. Today, they exist as icons in the American imagination, symbols of national identity. With stops at both landmarks, this trip explored the history and symbolism of these sites.

Activities included a guided tour of the Ellis Island Main Building, a look at the dormitories that housed detained immigrants, an up-close view of the Statue of Liberty’s original 1886 torch, and a visit to the Statue’s Pedestal Observatory. Participants were encouraged to attend Vincent Cannato’s pre-trip talk, “American Passage: Ellis Island,” for background info on the island that welcomed over twelve million people to the United States.

imageOld City Philadelphia: Backstage in the Birthplace of American Liberty 

April 24, 2010
Led by Jill Ogline Titus & Lois Kitz

From the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the writing of the U.S. Constitution, Old City Philadelphia was the stage for many of our nation’s most memorable and historic events. This student road trip provided a behind-the-scenes look at hot spots such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the new National Constitution Center, where we met a Washington College alumnus who is blending history and theater in new ways. Since no trip to Philadelphia is complete without food, we will had lunch at historic Reading Terminal Market and ended the day with a stop at Old City’s favorite ice cream parlor, Franklin Fountain.

imageCambridge, Md: Civil War to Civil Rights 
October 11, 2008
Led by Jill Ogline

From the fugitive slave who used marshes and waterways as paths to freedom to the demonstrators who clogged the streets to protest segregation, generations of Dorchester County, Md., residents have struggled for justice. This trip traced the footsteps of 19th century heroes like Harriet Tubman, who helped others out of slavery, and their 20th century counterparts who put Cambridge on the map as one of the most important battles of the American civil rights movement. See photos .