Cassandra Hannahs

Cassandra Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs has enjoyed leading Smithsonian groups to Great Britain, France and Ireland since 2000.  With a Ph.D. in medieval history, she was a tenured professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she taught courses on a wide range of subjects, from ancient history through the Reformation.  A Fulbright scholar and recipient of several grants, she has also spent considerable time living in France pursuing research.  Her publications include a book exploring the Viking settlement of Normandy in northern France during the tenth and eleventh centuries, and the revival of monasticism that took place as the new rulers encouraged monks to return to the region after the Viking raids.  In her research and lectures, Cassandra explores the cultural and political exchanges that have historically linked Britain, France, Ireland and Scandinavia. She looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of these lands, their history, music, and literature, with Smithsonian travelers on land and by sea.


Cassandra was such a wonderful leader in every way. Her lectures and knowledge of Ireland's history, literature, and music added so much to the quality of our trip. On top of that, she was delightful to travel with.

Previous Journeys Traveler, The Emerald Isle

Cassandra was always available for questions and her lectures were excellent, adding to our enjoyment of the trip.

Previous Journeys Traveler, The Emerald Isle

Her lectures linked history with the music and poetry of the periods making them come alive, by tying items in the lectures to artifacts seen and sites visited, she helped us see many things we would not notice; giving us a better understanding of the culture and history of Ireland.

Leo and Sarah P., The Emerald Isle



The Emerald Isle

13 days | Starting at: $4,858
Sep 20, 2015 - Oct 2, 2015
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London: A Stay in England’s Capital

12 days | Starting at: $5,190
May 9, 2016 - May 20, 2016
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France Through the Ages

15 days | Starting at: $5,796
Sep 9, 2016 - Sep 23, 2016
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