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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