Rhodes Student Helps Preserve Documents Over 300 Years Old

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Publication Date: 12/2/2008

Olivia Wood ’11 of Centreville, MD recently participated in a discussion about documents over 300 years old found on the Poplar Grove estate located in Queen Anne’s County, MD. The presentation took place at Washington College′s Casey Academic Center Forum on November 24.

Wood is a descendent of the family who owned the estate and also a member of the Washington College research team who worked on “The Poplar Grove Project” during the summer of 2008. She also is planning to pursue a degree in art history at Rhodes. The four student researchers worked with Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse, State Archivist of Maryland, and Adam Goodheart, a professor at Washington College and Director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, to preserve documents that were found in attics, outbuildings and servants’ quarters on the estate.

Findings include family letters, political correspondence about the administrations of Presidents James Monroe and Andrew Jackson, the military roster from the War of 1812, Civil War documents, newspapers, poems, and much more. 

The project has drawn nationwide media coverage, and documents have been placed on deposit at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis.