St. Mary’s College of Maryland will soon house an example of colonial Maryland history. With funds provided by a donation from the Society for Colonial Wars, Jessy Schroeder ’12 is creating an exhibit on European and Native American perspectives of land in early Maryland.
Schroeder is working on the project as part of an independent study with Julia King, associate professor of anthropology. “I’m researching not only how early Marylanders and people of the Chesapeake area viewed the land when they arrived here in the early 17th century, but also how they used it,” Schroeder said. Although the exhibit is currently under construction, the plan is to have it look as if it could fit in a real museum, with the use of silk-screening and borrowing different artifacts to place on display.
The project is made possible by a $7,500 donation from the Maryland Society for Colonial Wars and a $6,500 donation from the national branch of the Society for Colonial Wars for developing and maintaining exhibits of artifacts from Maryland’s colonial history. James J. Winn Jr., governor of the Society for Colonial Wars, presented the donation from the national branch on Oct. 24, 2011.
When finished, the exhibit will be housed in cases outside the archaeology lab in Kent Hall, one of the college’s academic buildings. Schroeder’s exhibit is the first of many exhibits students will develop.