C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience
This summer we are inviting high school history students to explore the past in a special three-day program “History off the Page” July 16-19, 2019.
Tuesday, July 16Students arrive at Washington College. Check in and campus tour. Meet and Greet with Starr Center staff at the 18th century Custom House. “Reading the Riverscape” Cruise the Chester River and discover how nature and history intertwine in this unique place.
Wednesday, July 17“Seeing Our Surroundings” A Walking Expedition Through Chestertown“Documenting the Past” through old court records. “Digging History” hands-on practice at Washington College’s Public Archaeology Lab.“Telling the Stories” best-selling authors and historians give tips on how to write history.
Thursday, July 18 “Capital History” Road Trip to Washington, DC We’re off to the nation’s capital! Explore behind-the-scenes with historians and museum curators at the storied Smithsonian Institution and Library of Congress. “Dinner in the District” dine with Washington College student interns and young alums.
Friday, July 20“Listening to History” is an Introduction to Oral History led by the Starr Center’s nationally recognized StoryQuest team. Visit Butlertown and experience the oral traditions of one of Kent County’s historic African American communities. “Fresh from the Farm” Take time-out for an ice cream break at Lockbriar Farms. “Where Land and Water Meet” Canoe along the tidal marshes of Radcliffe Creek with environmental historians and Bay biologists. “Chesapeake Bay Crab Feast” Cap off your conference with a Maryland culinary tradition!