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.

Middle school students posing with a statue of George Washington at Mount 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!

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age.

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Washington, DC

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

Washington, DC & New York City

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

Create Your Own Program

Partner with us to design a one-of-a-kind DC experience for your school! Learn More >

Washington, DC & Philadelphia

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

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

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

Washington, DC & Gettysburg

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

Founding of a Nation Program

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

New Americans Program

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

Local Programs

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