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Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Smithsonian Castle to the Museum of African American History and Culture, now under construction.

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Matisses, Modiglianis, and Monets are among the treasures found in the new downtown home of the Barnes collection. Join art historian Ursula Wolfman to view the museum’s stunning post-impressionist and early-modern works.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Join historian Gregg Clemmer and special guest Ed Bearss as they explore and interpret the most iconic fight of the Civil War in a full-day excursion.

Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Candy entrepreneur Milton Hershey lavishly funded a completely planned community for his workers, and his legacy of civic philanthropy lives on in the town that bears his name. Get a close-up look at the social and architectural heritage that makes Hershey such a “sweet” spot to visit.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00 AM

The striking new Contemporary Art + Design Wing at the celebrated museum is the centerpiece of a visit led by museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker. Sessions led by the museum’s director and other curators focus on the best of new design and art in glass, as well as the form’s history.

Friday, September 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM

As one of America’s most influential political families, the Roosevelts made their mark on the world—and on the city of Washington. Spend a day following in their footsteps guided by historian Jim Carr, a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 6:45 AM

Join maritime historian Pete Lesher and discover the traditions of life on Tangier Island, a distinctive Chesapeake Bay community tied to the ways of the water.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM

The rich farmland of the Shenandoah Valley was a prime target of Sheridan’s 1864 sweep through the region. Explore the site of one of the key battles for control of “the breadbasket of the Confederacy.”

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 7:00 AM

A partnership between the Smithsonian and Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers a rare chance to go behind the scenes at this center for cutting-edge energy science. This one-of-a-kind study tour brings you into the heart of Oak Ridge’s past and present, guided by the staff and the scientists who lead and conduct its research.

Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Ride the rails with historian Joe Nevin and the steam engine Mountain Thunder on a round-trip though stunning fall scenery—one of the last before the historic 1916 engine leaves the rails for its latest restoration.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Go behind the scenes at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland. Staff members lead a daylong visit that focuses on their fascinating and important work in wildlife and natural resource science.

Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Step inside a home whose core is a transplanted 1790 Connecticut farmhouse and learn from owner Jim Hobbins how his passion for history guided the creation a residence that combines the best of the past and present.

Friday, October 16, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Step inside a home whose core is a transplanted 1790 Connecticut farmhouse and learn from owner Jim Hobbins how his passion for history guided the creation a residence that combines the best of the past and present.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:15 AM

They’re often referred to as the “plain people” because of the austere simplicity of their lives, but the Amish have developed a distinctive American culture that is rich, vital, and diverse. Spend a fall day visiting the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area and gain insights into Amish life and traditions.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Virginia’s autumn landscape provides the perfect backdrop as historian Gregg Clemmer and special guest Ed Bearss look beyond Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign to lead an exploration of some of the less-familiar places in the valley that saw significant battles in 1863 and 1864.

Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Spend a day at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation, for a chance to see eagles, falcons, hawks, and osprey soaring high over a mountaintop preserve aglow with fall foliage.

Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Go deep into Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley on an excursion into the region’s   ancient past. Visit Skyline Caverns in Front Royal, Cave Ridge Cellars in Mount Jackson, a family-owned winery, and end the day at Endless Caverns in New Market.