Study Tours
City of Trees with May 26 Tour

Washington’s rich botanic diversity and arboreal history is a living legacy built on the horticultural expertise and passion for trees of founders such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley offers an illustrated overview of many of the city’s notable green spaces and landscaped landmarks. A tour of the Capitol grounds complements the program.

Date
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. and Friday, May 26, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Potomac Eagle: A Rail Ride Through the Trough
All-Day Tour

Squeezed between two Appalachian ridges, the south branch of the Potomac cuts through a narrow wooded West Virginia canyon known as the Trough. Traverse it with rail historian Joe Nevin on a tour that includes a 3 1/2-hour excursion on the diesel-powered Potomac Eagle along the route of the South Branch Valley Railroad from Petersburg to Romney.

Date
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
A Mountain Rail Extravaganza: The Cass Scenic Railroad and Other West Virginia Excursions
3-Day Tour

Stunning spring vistas, vintage locomotives, and West Virginia history are on the itinerary for a weekend spent riding the Cass Scenic Railroad and other mountain routes.

Date
Depart: Friday, June 2, 2017, 8:00 a.m.
Return: Sunday, June 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Washington’s Distinctive Gardens
All-Day Tour

The gardens of Washington, D.C, offer a beautiful abundance of widely varying cultural influences and design traditions, and a spring day spent visiting seven distinctive gardens in four locations offers the perfect way to experience that range. The destinations reflect inspirations from Asia and Spain, the Victorian and Elizabethan periods, and monastic contemplative gardens.

Date
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A Day at Winterthur
All-Day Tour

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for an in-depth exploration of the exceptional collection of American decorative arts and antiques on view at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. The tour to the historic du Pont estate includes a special visit to Winterthur’s conservation lab for a look at ongoing projects, and a chance to stroll through its famed gardens in all their spring beauty.

Date
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Historic Boundary Markers of the Federal District
Weekend Tour

Historian Kathryn Holt Springston leads a program and tour focused on the laying out the District’s boundaries, marked by 40 stones placed at one-mile intervals along the border. The story of the stones and the people who surveyed and placed them offers insights into a period in which the idea of an American federal city became a reality.

Date
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Archaeology in Maryland: Excavating History
All-Day Tour

St. Mary’s City and St. Leonard on Maryland’s Western Shore are locations that offer rich archaeological insights into the state’s—and America’s—past. Spend a day led by science and history communicator Steve Lonker exploring that history though excavations from early Native American sites, colonial settlements, 19th-century battle sites, and more recent finds.

Date
Friday, June 23, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Presidential Virginia
Overnight Tour

The Old Dominion was the birthplace of several presidents, the site of a number of their residences, and contains a host of family links to the White House. Join historians Gregg Clemmer and Ed Bearss on a tour that covers both public and private locations that trace this fascinating aspect of the state’s legacy.

Date
Depart: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 7:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Jazzy Nights in Shaw: A Stroll Through 1920s Washington
Evening Tour

Spend a summer evening with local historian Garrett Peck and step into the heyday of Washington’s “Black Broadway,” when jazz filled the clubs and theaters of U Street and the nightlife scene rivaled Harlem’s.

Date
Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Jeb Stuart's Ride to Gettysburg
All-Day Tour

Historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer follow the route of Jeb Stuart’s Confederate troops from Rowser’s Ford to Hanover during the Gettysburg campaign of the summer of 1863.

Date
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cleared for Takeoff: An Insider’s Day at Dulles
All-Day Tour

Here’s a trip to the airport for which you don’t need to pack a single bag. Transportation expert and pilot Scott Hercik leads a close-up exploration of what daily life is like at Washington Dulles International. Once you’ve gotten some aviation and architectural history, seen the view from a ramp control tower, and gone inside the cockpit of a British Airways Airbus 380-800, you’ll never see this familiar place in the same way.

Date
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Jazzy Nights in Shaw: A Stroll Through 1920s Washington
Evening Tour

Spend a summer evening with local historian Garrett Peck and step into the heyday of Washington’s “Black Broadway,” when jazz filled the clubs and theaters of U Street and the nightlife scene rivaled Harlem’s.

Date
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Discovering Glass in Philadelphia
All-Day Tour

See Philadelphia in a new light as museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker guides a tour to four special sites: a museum, a spectacular Tiffany mosaic mural, a university glass studio, and a unique exhibit of glass art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Friday, July 14, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Niagara Falls: A Summer Spectacular
3-Day Tour

One of North America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders is the perfect destination for a visit that includes all the don’t-miss attractions of Niagara Falls—and a memorable dinner in one of Ontario’s most historic and charming towns.

Date
Depart: Thursday, July 20, 2017, 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, July 22, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Jazzy Nights in Shaw: A Stroll Through 1920s Washington
Evening Tour

Spend a summer evening with local historian Garrett Peck and step into the heyday of Washington’s “Black Broadway,” when jazz filled the clubs and theaters of U Street and the nightlife scene rivaled Harlem’s.

Date
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Interpreting the Great War: Exhibitions Explore a World-Changing Conflict
All-Day Tour

In observance of the centennial of America’s formal entry into the conflict in 1917, many Washington-area museums are presenting exhibitions on a variety of aspects of the war. Robert A. Enholm, a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, leads a day-long tour to view several of them at the American History Musuem, Postal Museum, and the President Woodrow Wilson House.

Date
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Gettysburg 101
All-Day Tour

Join historian Gregg Clemmer as he explores and interprets the most iconic battle of the Civil War in a full-day excursion.

Date
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Urban Vision: New York City
Overnight Tour

Mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright with a unique overnight visit to Manhattan led by urban historian Bill Keene. Get insights into the architect’s creative relationship to the city as you explore a major exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, experience a tour of the Guggenheim Museum, and view holdings in the Wright archives at Columbia University. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 10:00 p.m.
Wyeth, Wine, and the Brandywine River Valley
All-Day Tour

The landscape and people of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, had a profound personal and artistic influence on Andrew Wyeth. Art historian Bonita Billman leads a tour to Wyeth’s beloved Brandywine County that includes a visit to his Chadds Ford studio, a retrospective exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, and a visit to a local winery.

Date
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo
4-Day Tour

Buffalo was the location of one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career-making commissions, and his several works there have become vital parts of the city’s architectural and cultural history. To mark the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth, Bill Keene leads a 4-day tour, highlighting significant structures by Wright and his contemporaries that make Buffalo a must-see destination for aficionados of architectural masterworks. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Depart: Friday, September 8, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 9:30 p.m.