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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.
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.
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.
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.
Planes, Bikes, and Automobiles: A Transportation Infrastructure Tour

Discover some of the infrastructure solutions designed to combat the challenges of navigating the Washington region in a daylong tour that brings you in touch with transportation professionals at Reagan National Airport, within Arlington County, Virginia, and Capital Bikeshare.

Date
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 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.
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 23, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
White Canvas Over Blue Water: 500 Years of Sailing Adventure

Join transportation expert Scott Hercik in an immersive exploration into great sailing vessels, from those of the earliest explorers to today’s high-tech and high-performance speedsters. Highlights include the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, the Watermen’s Museum in historic Yorktown, and a 2-hour schooner sailing adventure. 

Date
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Arlington National Cemetery: A Latino Legacy

The more than 400,000 service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery represent a cross-section of both the diversity of the American military and our nation itself. Jim Carr, a master Washington tour guide and author, leads a visit that focuses on Latino members represented in the cemetery.

Date
Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fall Splendor at the Cloisters

Take in the blaze of autumn foliage and a stunning exhibition from the Met’s Costume Institute during a visit to the Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to medieval art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Arlington National Cemetery: An Honor Roll of Immigrants

The more than 400,000 service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery represent a cross-section of both the diversity of the American military and our nation itself. Jim Carr, a master Washington tour guide and author, leads a visit that focuses on immigrant members represented in the cemetery.

Date
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Along the Anacostia

Kick off DC Outdoors, a new series of local hikes, by celebrating the centennial of Anacostia Park and the rich history of the riverfront community in Southeast Washington that borders it. The day includes hiking along some of the Anacostia’s most scenic spots.

Date
Monday, October 8, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Autumn in Hyde Park: Famous Families and Fabulous Food

Savor the lower Hudson Valley—a treasure trove of historic houses and home of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA)—in a 3-day excursion led by Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture. The tour includes visits to the Kykuit Rockefeller estate, the CIA (for a 4-course Italian dinner), the Springwood family estate where Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born, and the magnificent Vanderbilt Mansion. 

Date
Depart: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 9:30 p.m.
Arlington National Cemetery: A Latino Legacy

The more than 400,000 service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery represent a cross-section of both the diversity of the American military and our nation itself. Jim Carr, a master Washington tour guide and author, leads a visit that focuses on Latino members represented in the cemetery.

Date
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Arlington National Cemetery: An Honor Roll of Immigrants

The more than 400,000 service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery represent a cross-section of both the diversity of the American military and our nation itself. Jim Carr, a master Washington tour guide and author, leads a visit that focuses on immigrant members represented in the cemetery.

Date
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Great War in Washington

Join historian and author Garrett Peck on a walk though wartime Washington. Its stops include Pershing Park, the First and Second Division monuments, the D.C. War Memorial, the spot where sheep grazed on the Ellipse, and the site where thousands of women volunteered for the American Red Cross.

Date
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
18th-Century Annapolis: Architecture and Decorative Arts

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for a tour of historic Annapolis, Maryland, to discover architectural gems and works of art from the eve of the American Revolution. Through visits to historic Georgian-style homes and an examination of the period’s decorative arts, Kuykendall offers a portrait of a vibrant capital city in which building, politics, art, and international commerce thrived.

Date
Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Road to Abolition: Harpers Ferry and Antietam

The beginning of the end of slavery can be traced to two extraordinary events: John Brown’s ill-fated 1859 raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry and the Battle of Antietam. Join author and historian Garrett Peck on an exciting day trip following the steps of John Brown in Harpers Ferry and a tour of parts of the Antietam National Battlefield on foot.

Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: A Fall Panorama

Join an overnight tour to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the 2,600-acre sanctuary that is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. Get a chance to see eagles, falcons, hawks, and osprey soaring high over a mountaintop preserve that glows with fall foliage.

Date
Depart: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:30 a.m.
Return: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.
The Great War in Washington

Join historian and author Garrett Peck on a walk though wartime Washington. Its stops include Pershing Park, the First and Second Division monuments, the D.C. War Memorial, the spot where sheep grazed on the Ellipse, and the site where thousands of women volunteered for the American Red Cross.

Date
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Great War in Washington

Join historian and author Garrett Peck on a walk though wartime Washington. Its stops include Pershing Park, the First and Second Division monuments, the D.C. War Memorial, the spot where sheep grazed on the Ellipse, and the site where thousands of women volunteered for the American Red Cross.

Date
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Vibrant Colors: Glass in Baltimore

Baltimore offers the perfect destination for aficionados of historic glass. Stunning works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge—as well as bottles created for one of the city’s most famous products—are among the highlights of a glass-lover’s tour led by museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker.

Date
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia

Matisses, Modiglianis, and Monets are among the treasures found in the downtown home of the Barnes collection. Join art historian Bonita Billman to view the museum’s stunning post-impressionist and early-modern works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Nature, History, and Art in Fairfax County

Join Rachel Cooper and Renee Sklarew, authors of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C., as they lead a fall excursion to the Lorton, Virginia, area to explore a trio of distinctive sites in Fairfax County: Mason Neck State Park, American statesman George Mason’s mansion Gunston Hall, and Lorton Workhouse Art Center.

Date
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Underground Virginia: Caves of the Shenandoah

Find out why Virginia’s caves never fail to dazzle visitors during a visit to realms of wonder eons in the making in the scenic Shenandoah Valley. With Gregg Clemmer as your guide, explore two of the region’s great caverns—Shenandoah Caverns and Luray Caverns—from their stone columns and draperies to jagged helectites and dog-toothed spars. 

Date
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Radio City Music Hall: Front and Center for the Christmas Spectacular

There’s no more iconic holiday performance in New York than Radio City Music Hall’s famed Christmas Spectacular. And there’s no better way to see the precision dancing of the Rockettes than from prime orchestra seats in the fabulous art deco theater where the show has been a tradition since 1933. A behind-the-scenes tour of the Music Hall adds to the experience.

Date
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 6:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.