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Oysters of the Rappahannock: New Directions for a Virginia Industry
All-Day Tour

Environmental historian Hayden Mathews leads a tour that examines how Virginia’s once-declining oyster harvest was revived through innovative developments in commercial farming and aquaculture in Chesapeake Bay. A visit to a 119-year-old family business that was among the pioneers in that resurgence offers a chance to see—and taste—the robust oyster industry of today.

Date
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Glassmaking in Brooklyn: Past and Present
All-Day Tour

Visit the Corning Museum of Glass’s GlassBarge, a unique glassmaking demonstration barge docked in Brooklyn—where the company that grew into Corning International was originally located in the mid-19th century. A stop at the studios and galleries of UrbanGlass provides a glimpse of Brooklyn’s contemporary connection to the art and industry of glassmaking.

Date
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Weekend Tour

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, May 26, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Potomac Eagle: A Rail Ride Through the Trough
All-Day Tour

Join rail historian Joe Nevin for 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, West Virginia. The panorama from the train features natural wonders such as the river’s crystal-clear water, home to some of the largest fish caught yearly in the state, and eagles, deer, and other wildlife.

Date
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Weekend Tour

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, May 26, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A Mountain Rail Extravaganza: The Cass Scenic Railroad and Other West Virginia Excursions
3-Day Tour

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

Date
Depart: Friday, June 1, 2018 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Booth’s Escape Route
All-Day Tour

A single shot in Ford’s Theater on an April night in 1865 set off a dramatic chain of events, one of the most sensational of which was John Wilkes Booth’s flight from Washington. Civil War historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer trace his path from the District to Maryland to the Virginia barn where he met his death.

Date
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Walt Whitman in Washington
Weekend Tour

Follow the writer’s footsteps through the city’s downtown on a tour led by local historian and author Garrett Peck. Examine the urban backdrop against which Whitman carved out a role as a nurse to Civil War soldiers; met the love of his life; worked as a federal clerk; and built a community through his literary circle.

Date
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Finding Paradise in Montgomery County: Sugarloaf Mountain and the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve
All-Day Tour

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.

Date
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The President’s Neighborhood: Lafayette Park
Daytime Walking Tour

Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for books published by the White House Historical Association. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Date
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The President’s Neighborhood: Lafayette Park
Weekend Walking Tour

Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for books published by the White House Historical Association. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Date
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The President’s Neighborhood: Lafayette Park
Weekend Walking Tour

Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for books published by the White House Historical Association. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Date
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Behind the Scenes at Historic Jamestown
All-Day Tour

Staff from the Jamestown Rediscovery project share the eloquent archeological story of life and death in North America’s first permanent British settlement during a visit to this fascinating research site.

Date
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Walt Whitman in Washington
Afternoon Tour

Follow the writer’s footsteps through the city’s downtown on a tour led by local historian and author Garrett Peck. Examine the urban backdrop against which Whitman carved out a role as a nurse to Civil War soldiers; met the love of his life; worked as a federal clerk; and built a community through his literary circle. 

Date
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A Natural History of the Mid-Atlantic: Stories of Calvert County, Maryland
All-Day Tour

Environmental historian and storyteller Hayden Mathews interprets the many layers of the county’s natural history as he leads a tour to Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Calvert Marine Museum, and Flag Ponds Beach and Nature Center. 

Date
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 8:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Walt Whitman in Washington
Weekend Tour

Follow the writer’s footsteps through the city’s downtown on a tour led by local historian and author Garrett Peck. Examine the urban backdrop against which Whitman carved out a role as a nurse to Civil War soldiers; met the love of his life; worked as a federal clerk; and built a community through his literary circle.

Date
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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, 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.
Mid-Century Modern and the Wright Stuff

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.