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Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are prime examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s distinctive organic architecture. Visit both on an overnight tour to the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania led by architectural historian Bill Keene—and stay at a Wright-inspired boutique hotel. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Depart: Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 9:30 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 1, 2019 - 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy the beauty of a spring morning on the 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac. Author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a scenic walk around Roosevelt Island, focusing on its woodlands, wildlife, and history.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland, home of Smithsonian Gardens’ Greenhouse Nursery Operations. Discover what it takes to keep the many gardens and interior plant displays looking their best all year round.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland, home of Smithsonian Gardens’ Greenhouse Nursery Operations. Discover what it takes to keep the many gardens and interior plant displays looking their best all year round.

Event date
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Washington has always been a thirsty town, with a brewing tradition stretching back centuries. Spend a day tracing its past and sampling its present as local historian Garrett Peck leads a bus tour of brew-related sites.

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Friday, April 12, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Developed in the mid-19th century as one of the District’s first suburbs, Anacostia and its residents played a key role in shaping the city we know today. Join a historian for a walking tour that traces its heritage and significance, with a focus on the noted resident that came to be known as the “Lion of Anacostia,” Fredrick Douglass.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Developed in the mid-19th century as one of the District’s first suburbs, Anacostia and its residents played a key role in shaping the city we know today. Join a historian for a walking tour that traces its heritage and significance, with a focus on the noted resident that came to be known as the “Lion of Anacostia,” Fredrick Douglass.

Event date
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Brooklyn offers plenty of delights for lovers of art, music, nature, and of course, food. On this two-day visit, arts journalist and former Brooklynite Richard Selden introduces you to several of the borough’s top attractions.

Event date
Depart: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 15, 2019 - 9:30 p.m.

Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper, experts on the area’s hiking scene, lead a springtime walk through Huntley Meadows Park, the region’s largest freshwater marsh, followed by a glimpse into Alexandria’s colonial past at Gadsby’s Tavern and a visit to the city’s towering landmark, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

No other location is as associated with George Washington as Alexandria, a place he considered his hometown. Join author and historian Garrett Peck as he follows Washington’s footsteps through Old Town’s alleyways, rustic taverns, churches, 18th-century houses, and historic waterfront.

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Friday, April 19, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

No other location is as associated with George Washington as Alexandria, a place he considered his hometown. Join author and historian Garrett Peck as he follows Washington’s footsteps through Old Town’s alleyways, rustic taverns, churches, 18th-century houses, and historic waterfront.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

See Philadelphia in a new light as museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker opens doors to unsuspected opportunities to view glass in a wide variety of places and forms. She guides participants to three special sites: a museum, a spectacular 19th-century Masonic landmark, and a glass artist’s studio.

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Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

No other location is as associated with George Washington as Alexandria, a place he considered his hometown. Join author and historian Garrett Peck as he follows Washington’s footsteps through Old Town’s alleyways, rustic taverns, churches, 18th-century houses, and historic waterfront.

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Friday, April 26, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Visit two of the most interesting museums that reflect the tastes of their founders—both present and past—when you spend the day exploring the newly expanded Glenstone in suburban Potomac and the venerable Phillips Collection with art historian Ursula Wolfman. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit­)

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

No other location is as associated with George Washington as Alexandria, a place he considered his hometown. Join author and historian Garrett Peck as he follows Washington’s footsteps through Old Town’s alleyways, rustic taverns, churches, 18th-century houses, and historic waterfront.

Event date
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Brooklyn offers plenty of delights for lovers of art, music, nature, and of course, food. On this two-day visit, arts journalist and former Brooklynite Richard Selden introduces you to several of the borough’s top attractions.

Event date
Depart: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 9:30 p.m.

Developed in the mid-19th century as one of the District’s first suburbs, Anacostia and its residents played a key role in shaping the city we know today. Join a historian for a walking tour that traces its heritage and significance, with a focus on the noted resident that came to be known as the “Lion of Anacostia,” Fredrick Douglass.

Event date
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

No other location is as associated with George Washington as Alexandria, a place he considered his hometown. Join author and historian Garrett Peck as he follows Washington’s footsteps through Old Town’s alleyways, rustic taverns, churches, 18th-century houses, and historic waterfront.

Event date
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Medicinal plants have a long history across civilizations, and are garnering attention as the influences of herbalism and natural medicine move into the mainstream. Join Niraj Ray, founder of Cultivate the City, on the rooftop of its urban farm and learn how to utilize a diversity of these plants for both food and medical purposes.

Event date
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The National Arboretum, one of D.C.’s best-kept secrets, is home to 9 miles of winding parkland roads covering more than 450 acres. Enjoy a spring day outdoors during what is usually the peak blooming time for azaleas, dogwoods, and seasonal wildflowers.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Abraham Lincoln spent 18 of his last 21 days of life not in Washington but in eastern Virginia, headquarters for Ulysses S. Grant’s campaign against Robert E. Lee. Trace his steps through sites in the region which offer new insights into a war-weary president—and nation—at a pivotal moment in history.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join art historian Bonita Billman for a day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring a special exhibition The Impressionist’s Eye, featuring paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by Monet, Cassatt, Van Gogh, and other leaders of the tightly knit group of creators who revolutionized art in the early 1900s. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Vessels that fought in WWII and the Spanish­-American conflict, one of the most beautiful ocean liners ever built, and lunch on a four-masted windjammer are among the attractions of a fascinating day focused on Philadelphia’s history as one of America’s great ports.

Event date
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania were the settings for some of the most momentous events of the Civil War. An introductory tour led by historian Gregg Clemmer offers an opportunity to learn about and explore the sites of three major battles in our region.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In a two-day active getaway designed for outdoor lovers, explore Blue Ridge trails at the height of their spring beauty, and stay at an historic lodge on Skyline Drive that offers magnificent panoramic views of the mountain landscapes.

Event date
Depart: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.

Learn the benefits of quiet time spent in touch with nature as Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified nature and forest-therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing, leads a 2-hour walk in the Smithsonian’s beautiful Enid A. Haupt Garden.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

What was it like to be in a London theater when Shakespeare’s plays were the latest hits? A visit to one of the Blue Ridge’s most charming towns—and the site of a unique reproduction of the Bard’s Blackfriars Playhouse—offers a chance to journey into theatrical history.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Visit two of the most interesting museums that reflect the tastes of their founders—both present and past—when you spend the day exploring the newly expanded Glenstone in suburban Potomac and the venerable Phillips Collection with art historian Ursula Wolfman. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit­)

Event date
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

All aboard for an exciting three-day rail journey through West Virginia’s breathtaking mountain scenery led by railroad historian Joe Nevin.

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Depart: Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.

Did you know there is rural beauty nearby to Washington that rivals the English countryside or Provence? Spend a June day with author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley as she shares some of her favorite places in a slice of paradise bordering the Frederick County line.

Event date
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Two stunning new contemporary landmarks, the Vessel in Manhattan and Connecticut’s Grace Farms—as well as a private architectural yacht tour of New York harbor—join Philip Johnson’s Glass House, the High Line, and Yale University on the itinerary for a 3-day exploration of the creative synergy between architecture and design. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Depart: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:30 p.m.