Stories to Learn; Stories to be Told

During Long Winter Weekend, a group of students will travel to Washington, D.C. to learn about democracy and civic life in action. Students will have the opportunity to engage in topics of debate, advocacy, and the role of museums, non-profit organizations, and government in telling and authoring the American story.

While students will have the opportunity to see the most popular sites in the capital, they will also have the opportunity to seek out some of the less told stories. While we have robust contacts and opportunities planned in Washington, D.C., the details of the itinerary will be finalized based on the interests and goals of the final group selected.  Students will leave this trip with a better understanding of how they can make an impact in civic life and advocacy with issues that they care about. 


Program Notes

  • During this trip, students will stay in hotels. Meals will be shared at hotels, restaurants, or picnic-style.
  • This travel program takes place during the entirety of Long Winter Weekend. Students will depart campus together on Thursday, Feb. 3 and return to campus together on Feb. 7.   

Program Dates

February 3-7, 2022 (Long Winter Weekend)

Program Eligibility

This program is open to all students with a preference towards those who are interested in exploring the nation’s capital and its stories.  All interested students are encouraged to apply by December 6. Financial Aid is available to all qualifying students.

Faculty Trip Leaders

  • Jan Flaska; Eve La Puma

Approx. trip cost: $1,950, includes round-trip train cost. (final costs will be dependent on trip enrollment)

Deerfield Academy’s Center for Service and Global Citizenship is committed to running all of our travel programs at cost with overhead expenses subsidized by the Academy. 


Helpful links

  • CDC guidance on domestic travel during COVID-19
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2022 Preliminary Itinerary

*This itinerary is subject to change

February 3:  Departure from Deerfield, MA

  • Train from Greenfield, MA to Washington, DC
  • Hotel check-in & settling in

February 4-6:

Over the course of this travel program, students may visit the following locations:

  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • The National Treasury
  • Congressional Offices
  • The Supreme Court
  • National Monuments
  • Non-profits and advocacy groups
  • Attending an athletic event in a large auditorium or stadium

February 7:

  • Return to campus via Washington, DC – Greenfield, MA