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2020 Academy Students to see Hamilton: An American Musical

National History Academy is excited to announce that every student who attends in summer 2020 will also see the Broadway smash hit Hamilton: An American Musical at The Kennedy Center. Join us to get the hottest ticket in town! Hamilton: An American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel […]

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George Washington’s Mount Vernon

George Washington has positively contributed to American society by leading the Continental Army to triumph, establishing the role as the First President of the United States, and leading the nation towards national unity by signing the bank bill to establish a national bank. Although George Washington did have many positive attributes to American Society, he […]

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Reflections on Debates

When the Founding Fathers were drafting the Constitution, there were many disputes. Not everyone was in agreement and many voiced their opinion through debate. Debate promoted equity of voice and compromise when drafting the Constitution. Debate was the mere reason why we even have a Constitution today. Additionally, debate is still used in Congress to […]

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Antietam National Battlefield

Hi, my name is Christian Rodriguez and today is my fourth official day with the National History Academy. Today we visited a remarkable historical site which is the Antietam National Battlefield. The well-preserved historical site has been kept to its high standards in part because of the American Battlefield Trust. The American Battlefield Trust truly […]

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Guest Speakers

National History Academy hosts over 20 guest speakers who are nationally recognized experts in their fields. These speakers supplement the lessons learned in the site visits, Harvard Business School case studies and parliamentary debates with real-world examples. Over the course of the summer, a George Washington scholar might visit with you before a trip to […]

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Student Residential Life

The National History Academy is hosted at the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia, located just 25 miles from Dulles Airport. Foxcroft has a beautiful student-centered campus providing a safe and secure environment, with modern residence halls, classrooms, athletic facilities, and dining hall. You can learn more about the accommodations at Foxcroft School here. As an Academy student, […]

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Site-Based Learning

National History Academy is built around learning at many of the defining sites of American history.  But you will not just take a tour as a member of the general public would.  You will gain behind-the-scenes access, often visiting with the Executive Director of the site. On many of these visits, a scholar will talk […]

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Better Angels Parliamentary Debates

National History Academy employs a parliamentary debate program which allows our students to discuss challenging modern issues, just as history’s leaders debated difficult issues at defining times of American history. This formal style of debate is designed to encourage civil discourse and was developed by our partners, the Better Angels. These debates have no judges, and […]

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National History Academy: Case Study introduction, One Vote screening

Day 2 for the NHA, and the kids continue to amaze.  After a long initial day in Washington DC, I expected the students to be pretty tired, but we have an incredible group of students.  We had our first classroom day today, and began by dissecting the requirements for the NHA endorsement.  Our students seemed […]

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Harvard Magazine features Academy President

The National History Academy will employ the case method, which has been the core pedagogy of Harvard Business School since the early twentieth century. Students will read and discuss cases from the History of American Democracy curriculum developed by Harvard Business School Professor David Moss.

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Proudly Supported by Ken Burns

National History Academy – Summer 2019 Recruitment Promo featuring Ken Burns from National History Academy on Vimeo. National History Academy is thrilled to have the support of Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker. Ken Burns has produced over 28 documentaries, focused on great American stories including The Civil War, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, and Thomas […]

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The Case Method of Learning

The National History Academy employs the case method, which has been the core pedagogy of Harvard Business School since the early twentieth century. Students read and discuss cases from the History of American Democracy curriculum developed by Harvard Business School Professor David Moss.