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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.
An Immersion in Nature: Japanese “Forest Bathing”—Urban Style

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.

Date
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.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.
An Immersion in Nature: Japanese “Forest Bathing”—Urban Style

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.

Date
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.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.
An Immersion in Nature: Japanese “Forest Bathing”—Urban Style

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.

Date
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 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.
An Excursion on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

Led by rail historian Joe Nevin, climb through the Allegheny Mountains on a historic restored diesel locomotive as you enjoy a 30-mile round-trip excursion between Cumberland and Frostburg on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

Date
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
An Autumn Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Enjoy the beauty of an autumn 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.

Date
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Alexandria: Where DC’s Breweries Began

Join Garrett Peck, author of Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C, on a walk through Old Town’s alleyways, archaeological finds, ice wells, warehouses, and waterfront as you explore the beverage’s local heritage and its renaissance.

Date
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Alexandria: Where DC’s Breweries Began

Join Garrett Peck, author of Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C, on a walk through Old Town’s alleyways, archaeological finds, ice wells, warehouses, and waterfront as you explore the beverage’s local heritage and its renaissance.

Date
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Alexandria: Where DC’s Breweries Began

Join Garrett Peck, author of Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C, on a walk through Old Town’s alleyways, archaeological finds, ice wells, warehouses, and waterfront as you explore the beverage’s local heritage and its renaissance.

Date
Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 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.
Holiday Charms in Fairmount Park: Philadelphia’s Historic 18th-Century Neighborhood

Three of the splendid “Charms” of Fairmount Park open their doors for a holiday-season guided tour, offering an intimate look at the lives of well-to-do Philadelphians of the Revolutionary period and the evolution of domestic architecture and interiors as the Federal era began. Bill Keene leads this tour.

Date
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Holiday Charms in Fairmount Park: Philadelphia’s Historic 18th-Century Neighborhood

Three of the splendid “Charms” of Fairmount Park open their doors for a holiday-season guided tour, offering an intimate look at the lives of well-to-do Philadelphians of the Revolutionary period and the evolution of domestic architecture and interiors as the Federal era began. Bill Keene leads this tour.

Date
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 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, January 12, 2019 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 10:30 p.m.