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Chestertown, Maryland
Advancing Understanding of United States History
Former Patrick Henry Writing Fellow at the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience Daniel Mark Epstein discusses his book, The Loyal Son: War in Ben Franklin's House, with students at Washington College. Image courtesy of the Starr Center.

With a challenge grant from the NEH, Washington College launched new programs to support the craft of historical writing at the nationally-recognized Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. The challenge grant, which the college leveraged to raise an additional $2.5 million, allowed it to purchase, renovate, and furnish a historic home built in the 1730s that is a rare example of early Chesapeake architecture. NEH funding enabled the Starr Center to purchase library resources and endow the Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship. These year-long fellowships bring some of the best minds at work on American history and culture to live in Chestertown, on Maryland’s rural Eastern Shore.

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