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Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

To make possible independent learning experiences that take students beyond the classroom, the Starr Center disburses more than $50,000 in stipends each year to Washington College undergraduates.

The Explore America summer internships place students at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, and the Frederick Douglass Fellowships support collaborative public history research in African-American studies and related fields. Fellows’ projects have included:

  • conducting oral history interviews on the black labor experience in Kent County.
  • assisting with the curation of a major Smithsonian exhibition.
  • following in the footsteps of August Wilson in Pittsburgh.
  • discovering 18th century fashion trends.
  • cataloguing early maps and travel accounts of Brazil and Peru.