Making the Past Present
“History teaches everything, including the future”
— Alphonse de Lamartine
Discover your future with the Washington College history department.
Our faculty is passionate about history. Dr. Richard Striner is known for wearing vintage clothing to class. The professors are mentors who enjoy collaborating with their students. For her latest book, Dr. Carol Wilson asked one of her students to compile the index.
Students also do their own independent research. All students must complete a senior capstone, and there are fellowships, such as the Comegys Bight Fellowship as well as opportunities to submit work to competitions sponsored by the Phi Alpha Theta honor society.
History comes alive here on Fridays in the spring and fall, when students and faculty play town ball on the campus green. The college, one of the oldest in the nation, and Chestertown, with its charming buildings and rich history, are valuable resources to anyone interested in American history.
Understanding the past is key to understanding the future. What does your future hold?
Dr. Kenneth Miller on Ben Franklin’s World series, a podcast about early American history, that explores the experience of Hessian mercenary soldiers and the development of an American identity.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis will offer remarks as the College officially installs its 28th president. Saturday morning’s formal academic ceremony on the campus lawn will be followed that afternoon by the casual fun of RiverFest along the Chester.
This year’s Patrick Henry Writing Fellow, historian Benjamin Irvin, will speak September 9 about his research on how the young United States cared for its disabled soldiers after the Revolution.