As the capital of the U.S., Washington, D.C. has played an important role in history and is the site of some of the most significant public memorials and museums dedicated to America’s past. It is also home to some of the most important public and private libraries and archives in the world. Based in D.C., this study abroad offers students the opportunity to explore American history on the ground and at the sites where it happened, in conversation with artifacts and public representations of that history, and in the archives. The program includes excursions to important historical sites and archives in North Carolina, Virginia, and New York. For instance, students will have the opportunity to visit the site of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins, the place where the Wright brothers launched the first airplane, Eleanor Roosevelt’s residence, a restored tenement building, Ellis Island, and much more. The program also includes participation in the Mormon Historical Association annual conference—to be held in Rochester, NY—and in Church History tours in upstate New York. Before finishing off in New York City, students will have the opportunity to revise, polish, and present their research papers at a New England-based writing retreat. The program focuses on archival research, historical methodologies and writing, and on modern U.S. history, with a special emphasis on public history, gender, race, and age. Classes will be taught at a variety of historical sites, archives and libraries, and at public and private museums. Students will enjoy opportunities to develop their own research agenda, hone their research and writing skills, and to explore the Washington, D. C., area and other eastern U.S. locations on their own as well as with the group.