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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?

  • Andrew Darlington ’19 presented a talk at the AHA conference about his experience with the Starr Center's Story...
    What happens when a group of inquisitive young scholars encounters the most prestigious gathering of historians in the country?
  • Patrick Jackson ’19 is cataloging hundreds of images from the Cox collection.
    Through the Starr Center’s Explore America summer internship program, Patrick Jackson ’19 is working at the National American History Museum in the Photographic History Collection in Washington, D.C.
  • This summer, through the Starr Center’s summer internship program, Faith Stahl will be working in the archives at the Jo...

    History major Faith Stahl ’19 took first place in stiff competition for a $25,000 scholarship from the Saint Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia to study in Scotland.



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