Middle School Founding of a Nation Program

Experience all that American history has to offer on this exclusive program up and down the East Coast.

Students at Mt Vernon Shadow

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

Offered only once a year, this program provides a unique chance for students to discover American history first-hand with new friends from across the country! Explore Williamsburg, Mt. Vernon, Alexandria, Gettysburg, and Philadelphia on this jam-packed, fun-filled journey to better understand the evolution of American democracy. On Close Up’s 5-day/4-night Founding of a Nation Program, students have the opportunity to:

  • Debate and discuss the life and legacy of the Father of Our Country through an inside look at his mansion;
  • Learn more about American history through exploration of the birthplace of our nation;
  • Walk through the Battle of Gettysburg and learn more about the turning point in the Civil War with a Gettysburg Park Ranger; and
  • Discover Colonial Williamsburg through a guided study visit led by Williamsburg’s own historical interpreters!



Washington, DC

Watch history come to life with this ultimate, hands-on DC experience!

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Washington, DC & New York City

Explore the inspiring landmarks, monuments, and memorials in these two iconic cities!

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Create Your Own Program

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in DC and other historic sites on the East Coast with this fully-customizable program.

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Washington, DC & Philadelphia

Journey through American history by exploring these significant U.S. cities.

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Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Discuss the evolution of American democracy with visits to two of our nation’s most historic cities.

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Washington, DC & Gettysburg

Experience American history up close with visits to the nation’s capital and this Civil War battlefield.

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Founding of a Nation Program

Explore American history in-depth with this journey through the East Coast’s most notable cities.

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New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage on this DC program geared to immigrant and migrant students.

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Premier Election Series

Experience the excitement of the next Presidential Election and Inauguration first-hand in Washington, DC!

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