Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Monday: Poplar Grove team at Washington College

For everyone who has been wondering what we have been up to since last summer ...

You are all invited to learn the inside story of the Poplar Grove find at "The Poplar Grove Project: A Tale of Historical Discovery," a presentation at Washington College's Casey Academic Center Forum next Monday, November 24, at 7:30 p.m.

Members of the Poplar Grove research team will describe some of the remarkable fragments of the past that the farm's attics, outbuildings, and servants' quarters yielded. Thanks to a team of student researchers, the documents have now been conserved and placed on deposit at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, where they are accessible to researchers. A few of the original documents themselves will be brought from the State Archives for the occasion. Many descendants of the Emory family will also be on hand to join in the discussion.

The Poplar Grove Project was directed by Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse, State Archivist of Maryland, and Adam Goodheart, Hodson Trust-Griswold Director of the C.V. Starr Center. The student team included Washington College undergraduates James Schelberg '11 and Jeremy Rothwell '09, as well as Olivia Wood, a student at Rhodes College who is an Emory descendant. The team supervisor was Washington College alumnus Albin Kowalewski '07, now a graduate student at the University of Tennessee. The entire team will be on hand for next Monday's event.

"The Poplar Grove Project: A Tale of Historical Discovery" is jointly presented by the C.V. Starr Center, the Maryland State Archives and the Queen Anne's County Historical Society. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410 810-7161.