Founding of a Nation Middle School Program

Get a comprehensive look at U.S. history through this exclusive program that travels up and down the East Coast.

 See history come to life with visits to America’s most notable cities!

This customized middle school travel program gives students a unique chance to examine U.S. history first-hand with new friends from across the country! Explore Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Alexandria, Gettysburg, and Philadelphia on this jam-packed, fun-filled journey to better understand the evolution of American democracy. On Close Up’s Founding of a Nation Program, students have the opportunity to: 

  • Debate and discuss the life and legacy of George Washington with an inside look at his mansion; 
  • Learn more about American history by exploring Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation; 
  • Walk through the Battle of Gettysburg and learn more about the Civil War with a Gettysburg park ranger; and 
  • Discover Colonial Williamsburg through a guided study visit led by Williamsburg’s own historical interpreters! 


Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participant under 18 years of age. Learn how we keep all students safe, secure, and supervised on every program.

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Washington, DC

Watch history come to life in this ultimate, hands-on DC experience! Learn More >

Washington, DC & New York City

Explore the inspiring landmarks, monuments, and memorials in two iconic cities! Learn More >

Middle School Presidential Inauguration

Experience the excitement of the next presidential inauguration up close in Washington, DC! Learn More >

Create Your Own Program

Partner with us to design a customized DC experience for your school. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Philadelphia

Journey through history by exploring these important American cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Discuss the evolution of American democracy in visits to two of our nation’s most historical cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Gettysburg

Experience U.S. history up close with visits to our nation’s capital and a hallowed Civil War battlefield. Learn More >

New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage on this DC program geared toward immigrant and migrant students. Learn More >

Local Programs

Start a local program in your area focused on state and local history! Learn More >

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