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.
“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.
You’ll have a special opportunity to learn from Washington College faculty mentors, best-selling and prize-winning 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 2018 Conference runs July 17-21!