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Five Score Later: Civil Rights & Historical Memory in Gettysburg
thurs., march 24, 2022 at 5 p.m. et - via zoom

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March 24, 2022 at 5 p.m. ETThe role Gettysburg played in the American Civil War has been studied at length. But what about the role the town played in the American Civil Rights movement, 100 years later? And how did the town's historical memory impact the present? Join Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart for a Zoom conversation with Author and Historian Jill Ogline Titus as they discuss her new book. . . "

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Premiere of "Rooted Wisdom: Nature's Role in the Underground Railroad"
FRI., march 11, 2022 at 7 p.m. est - virtual event

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March 11, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST - Join Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart for the virtual premiere of "Rooted Wisdom: Nature's Role in the Underground Railroad," a guided experience and short documentary film created by Adkins Arboretum and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park. Goodheart will be moderating a panel discussion with historians and the filmmakers, following the premiere.

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The Heart of the Eastern Shore (a feature on Chesapeake Heartland Project)
JANUARY/FEBRUARY ISSUE FEBRUARY ISSUE

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From Chesapeake Bay Magazine - Kim Briscoe Moody carries a map in her memory. “I was born and grew up on Prospect Street, in Chestertown. My mom grew up, was born on Calvert Street, and my father was also born on Prospect Street. I grew up in the Bethel AME Church [on the block in between], and I can remember playing on the back lot. It brings me joy, when I go home, to see. . ."

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Sophie Kerr Series Presents Sufiya Abdur-Rahman Presents Presents
WED., november 17 at 5:00 PM EsT via Zoom 

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November 17 at 5:00 p.m. EST - A non-fiction reading by Prof. Sufiya Abdur-Rahman, co-sponsored by the Rose O'Neill Literary House and the Starr Center for the Study of American History. Sufiya Abdur-Rahman’s writing investigates questions of family, identity, race, and religion and, often, how they intersect. Her essays, articles, and criticism have appeared in publications including...

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Virtual preview for "ISAAC: A Musical Journey," a play by Marlon Saunders
sat., november 6 at 7:30 PM EsT via Zoom 

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November 6 at 7:30 p.m. EST - Written and composed by Marlon Saunders, "ISAAC" was commissioned by the Kent Cultural Alliance and the Chesapeake Heartland Project and is based on the memoirs of Isaac Mason, a formerly enslaved person, born in Kent County, Md., who escaped to freedom. This free preview will feature songs from the show and a conversation with Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart and Saunders. 

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Thomas Jefferson and Race - A Zoom Conversation with Author & Scholar Mia Bay  

Tues., October 12 at 5:00 PM EsT via Zoom

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October 12 at 5 p.m. EST - Much has been written about Thomas Jefferson and his impact, but what did African Americans think about this founding father? Join us for a thought-provoking Zoom conversation with Mia Bay—leading scholar of African American history—about her current book project on Jefferson. This event occurred in the past, but you can still see the conversation here. 

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Newark resident completes internship with the Smithsonian 

THURS., SEPTember 9, 2021 SEPTember 9, 2021 

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From the Newark Post - Newark resident Ama Amponsah recently completed an internship with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, where she promoted the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap with a series of blog posts. 'My favorite thing about my internship was learning about the origins of hip-hop music and how it’s more than a music genre, it’s a culture that’s. . .

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An inside look at recently discovered two-hundred year old documents

TUES., AUGUST 31, 2021

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From WBOC's Delmarvalife Program - Watch this  seven-minute segment about The Commodore Collection, a unqiue archive of local African American history recently discovered in a house in Chestertown. These historic papers were saved from the auction house by historians from the Starr Center and the Chesapeake Heartland Project and local activists and are archived at Washington College's Miller Library. 

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Hip Hop Time Capsule: a summer program focusing on diversity

MON., AUGUST 23, 2021

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From WBAL Radio - Hip Hop Time Capsule is a new collaboration between high school and college students in Kent County, Maryland, and musicians, college professors and museum professionals. As part of the program, a diverse group of 14 local teenagers,  most with deep roots in the community, chronicled a musical heritage that stretches from work songs sung by the  enslaved, through. . .

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A Starr in the East (a feature article on The Starr Center at Washington College) 
AUGUST 2021 Issue

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From the August 2021 issue of "What's Up Eastern Shore" - After more than two decades since its inception, the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College has put Chestertown on the academic-history map. Political forces in the United States , especially over the past year, are being compelled to reckon with the way. . .

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Hogan Announces Funding for New Endowment Honoring Late Senator President Mike Miller 
THURS., JULY 15, 2021

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From the Office of Governor Larry Hogan - Governor Larry Hogan today announced that he will be providing $1 million to Washington College in his forthcoming Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposal to fund a new directorship within the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience to honor the historic legacy of longtime Maryland Senate President. . .

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Thousands of pages documenting slavery found in attic of Eastern Shore house 
FRI., JULY 2, 2021

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From The Hill - Thousands of papers, some documenting the auction and sale of enslaved Black Americans, were headed for the auction block themselves before Black historians and community members stepped in to reclaim ownership over their past. 'It was important to the community because this will connect the dots for people and the younger generation, to let them. . .

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Maryland attic hid a priceless trove of Black history. Historians and activists saved it from auction.
MON., JUne 28, 2021

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From The Washington Post - The 200-year-old document was torn and wrinkled. It had stains here and there. And it was sitting on a plastic table in the storeroom of an auction house near the Chester River hamlet of Crumpton, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Historian Adam Goodheart had seen it before, but only in a blurry website photo. Now, here it was in a simple framed box. . .

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