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Study of the American Experience

Young Historians’ Conference

The Young Historians Conference gives high school students a backstage look into the many ways we make history - and a chance to find out how they can do it too! This year’s theme, History Off the Page: Making the Past Present, takes us way beyond history books to see how we can take the past beyond print.

The 18th century Custom House is home to the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.The 18th century Custom House is home to the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.“History Off the Page” is an introduction to the many ways we can investigate history beyond the printed word. (But don’t get us wrong — we still love books, too!) Together, we’ll do hands-on work with original archival documents, conduct oral history interviews, explore historic buildings and neighborhoods, view the Chesapeake landscape from the deck of a boat, and even travel to Washington, D.C. for a behind-the-scenes tour with curators at the Smithsonian and a special visit to the Library of Congress.

You’ll have a unique opportunity to learn from Washington College faculty mentors, and established authors, as well as history undergrads following their intellectual passions on an array of historical topics.

Throughout the program, you’ll be living on the campus of the first American college established after the Revolutionary War, under the personal patronage of George Washington himself. And in addition to the other high-school students in the program, you’ll meet and socialize with others on campus for our summer programs in environmental studies and creative writing.

The 2019 Conference runs July 16-19!

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Young Historians 2018

All proceeds are used solely to benefit the operation of the Young Historians Conference and all associated programs. 

If you have any questions regarding the content of the program, please feel free to email Jean Wortman jwortman2@washcoll.edu

For questions regarding cost and registration, please contact Madeline Martin at