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Sunset Kayaking at Mattawoman Creek

Explore the rich and fascinating ecosystem of Mattawoman Creek, a tributary of the Potomac, from the ideal vantage point of a kayak on a summer evening. Naturalist and interpretive guide Judy Lathrop weaves natural and human history into the program as you glide through this regional treasure.

Date
Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunset Kayaking at Mattawoman Creek

Explore the rich and fascinating ecosystem of Mattawoman Creek, a tributary of the Potomac, from the ideal vantage point of a kayak on a summer evening. Naturalist and interpretive guide Judy Lathrop weaves natural and human history into the program as you glide through this regional treasure.

Date
Friday, June 29, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
North to Freedom: Harriet Tubman’s Eastern Shore
All-Day Tour

Harriett Tubman’s childhood knowledge of the geography of the Eastern Shore played an essential role as she ferried more than 70 people to freedom through the Underground Railroad. Uncover the saga of Tubman’s life as nurse, scout, and spy by exploring significant sites in the region where she was raised—and that shaped her dreams of freedom and equality.

Date
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunset Kayaking at Mattawoman Creek

Explore the rich and fascinating ecosystem of Mattawoman Creek, a tributary of the Potomac, from the ideal vantage point of a kayak on a summer evening. Naturalist and interpretive guide Judy Lathrop weaves natural and human history into the program as you glide through this regional treasure.

Date
Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Jazzy Nights in Shaw: A Stroll Through 1920s Washington

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 5, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Jazzy Nights in Shaw: A Stroll Through 1920s Washington

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 11, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 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 12, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunset Kayaking at Mattawoman Creek

Explore the rich and fascinating ecosystem of Mattawoman Creek, a tributary of the Potomac, from the ideal vantage point of a kayak on a summer evening. Naturalist and interpretive guide Judy Lathrop weaves natural and human history into the program as you glide through this regional treasure.

Date
Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Jazzy Nights in Shaw: A Stroll Through 1920s Washington

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 19, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Influence on Mid-Century Modern Design

Join lecturer in architecture and urban studies Bill Keene in Northern Virginia as he explores Frank Lloyd’s Wright’s influence on innovative domestic design through a visit  the Wright-designed Pope-Leighey House and the neighborhoods of Hollin Hills and Holmes Run Acres, both filled with prime examples of mid-century modern homes. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A Berkshires Summer Sampler
5-Day Tour

The scenic and historic Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts are alive with music, art, and theatre. Journalist Richard Selden leads a 5-day tour that offers a splendid sampling of cultural attractions in the region, from historic writers’ homes to outstanding museums to music and theatre performances.

Date
Depart: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 6:30 a.m.
Return: Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:30 p.m.
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn

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 Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Friday, August 10, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Richmond’s Museum District

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for a visit to Richmond’s famed Museum District, a day of guided in-depth tours of historical collections and art exhibitions, including stops at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the American Civil War Museum.

Date
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn

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 Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Strategic Civil War Crossings of the Upper Potomac

Military historian Gregg Clemmer investigates six river crossings by Union and Confederate forces. Follow the path of one as you cross the Potomac at White’s Ford in the highlight of the day.

Date
Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A Trio of Museum Gems: An Artful Weekend in New York

The Neue Gallery, Morgan Library and Museum, and the Frick Collection offer a rich array of delights for visitors. Enjoy an escape to Manhattan that gives you plenty of time to take in these distinctive and stunning smaller museums—and a night on the town to enjoy as you like. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:30 p.m.
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn

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 Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Inside the Homes and Studios of Glass Artists

The Washington area is home to a wide variety of glass artists working in an equally wide range of styles and techniques. Spend a fascinating day visiting noted artists in their studios and homes to see them at work and explore their creations and private collections.

Date
Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Inside the Homes and Studios of Glass Artists

The Washington area is home to a wide variety of glass artists working in an equally wide range of styles and techniques. Spend a fascinating day visiting noted artists in their studios and homes to see them at work and explore their creations and private collections.

Date
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Historic Chestertown and a Cruise on the Schooner Sultana

Regional historian Hayden Mathews explores the rich heritage of this lovely Eastern Shore town, focusing on both land and sea. The day includes a cruise on a replica of an 18th century vessel, as well as an historic-district walking tour guided by Chestertown’s mayor.

Date
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Railways and History in Altoona and Johnstown

Rail historian Joe Nevin leads an overnight tour that explores two key aspects of Central Pennsylvania’s past: its railroading heritage and one of the country’s most tragic natural disasters—the Johnstown flood of 1889—and the role of the railroads in spreading the warning and saving lives.

Date
Depart: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Theodore Roosevelt’s North Dakota: Badlands, Bison, and the Making of a Conservationist
5-Day Tour

The rugged landscape of western North Dakota was the setting against which Theodore Roosevelt transformed himself from an asthmatic 24-year-old into a robust outdoorsman—and a passionate lifelong conservationist. Experience that corner of the West—filled with dramatic vistas, vividly colored canyons, and wandering herds of wild bison—on an extraordinary 5-day tour that brings you into the heart of Roosevelt’s Badlands and the national park that bears his name.

Date
Depart from Bismarck, ND: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Return to Bismarck, ND: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:00 p.m.
The Battle of Antietam

On Sept. 17, 1862, more than 23,000 soldiers met death in the Maryland farmland of Antietam. Civil War historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer lead a tour to sites connected with this bloodiest battle of the war.

Date
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.