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Study of the American Experience

Young Historians’ Conference

Established in 1782, Washington College is a special place to study history, with the many creative opportunities offered by the nationally renowned Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. Here in Chestertown, a beautiful community with dozens of 18th-century buildings along the banks of a Chesapeake tidewater river, the past is truly present all around us.

Young Historians’ Summer Conference
History Off the Page: Making the Past Present

The 18th century Custom House, home of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.The 18th century Custom House, home of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.This summer, we are inviting rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to experience will have the opportunity to interact with other like-minded students and explore that past in a special three-day program.

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, experience virtual-reality history, 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 in the midst of planning a major Smithsonian exhibition.

This year’s conference will be July 17-21.

Conference Schedule

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

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