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Discover Historic New England

Explore New England, Up Close and Personal, at Smith College this summer. July 4–15, 2011.

Exploring New England, a Smith summer program in the humanities, brings together a small group of inquisitive, exceptionally motivated high school girls and equips them to become historical detectives by delving deep into history right where it happened, both here on Smith’s beautiful campus and in the surrounding region.

An intimate view of life in New England during the 1700s and 1800s will be revealed through hands-on exploration of architecture, art and literature, as well as everyday objects like diaries, clothing, scrapbooks and tea sets.

Designed to be both fun and challenging, two weeklong courses taught by Smith professors provide experiences in inquiry-based research with original documents and artifacts, insider access to area museums, lively discussions and short writing assignments. Participants will bring together what they’ve learned in a culminating project and presentation, and will receive written evaluations to enhance their high school portfolios.

Courses will be limited to 13 students. Girls who will enter grades 9-12 in the fall of 2011 are eligible to attend.