The 1940s Meet the 2010s in “The Real War,” an Innovative World War II Series at Washington College

Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience
September 2014

Members of the 1940s “greatest generation” and the 2010s “millennial generation” have teamed up to create an innovative series of programs that will bring to life the American experience in World War II. “The Real War: World War II Veterans Remember” debuts October 1 with a talk by a best-selling historian and an exhibition opening at River Arts and closes with a moving multi-media program on Veterans Day, November 11. It also includes a film series of well-known movies set during the Second World War.

Sponsored by Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the “Real War” series is based on more than 40 interviews that students in the Center’s StoryQuest oral history project conducted over the past year.

In their interviews, the college students captured vivid first-person stories of remarkable men and women, including an eyewitness to the Pearl Harbor attack, a B-24 gunner shot down over the Adriatic Sea, and one of the first female officers in the U.S. Marine Corps. Many interviews recorded the memories of those who did not serve at the front lines but participated as fully in the wartime experience as the combatants themselves. The series title refers to a famous remark by Walt Whitman about the Civil War: “The real war will never get in the books.” The multimedia programs aim to convey as richly as possible the kinds of individual experiences often left out of traditional histories.

Details of the six-week series follow. All events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 1
Talk/screening: Donald Miller, “They Have Seen War: Stories from World War II, ”
4:30 p.m., Norman James Theatre, William Smith Hall

Donald Miller, professor of history at Lafayette College, is one of the nation’s leading historians of World War II. A New York Times bestselling author of nine books, he is a frequent consultant and adviser on historical productions for PBS and HBO, including the series The Pacific, and serves on the advisory board to the CEO of the National World War II Museum. He will share stories of the wartime experiences that tested and transformed an entire generation of Americans, along with clips of interviews with veterans from a new documentary that Miller co-produced with Tom Hanks.

Exhibition opening: “The Real War: World War II Veterans Speak”
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (immediately following Miller talk),
RiverArts Studio Gallery, 315 High Street

Curated by Washington College students and RiverArts, this exhibition will use images, words, audio, and video to share the stories of local eyewitnesses to World War II. The exhibition will run through November 1. Find gallery hours at or call (410) 778-6300.

Sunday, October 5
Film screening: “Saving Private Ryan” (1998)
7:00 p.m., Norman James Theatre, William Smith Hall

The first event in a World War II film series features Steven Spielberg’s dramatic tale of rescue and sacrifice in the Normandy invasion, starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon.

Sunday, October 19
Film screening: “Flags of Our Fathers” (2006)
7:00 p.m., Norman James Theatre, William Smith Hall

The film series continues with Clint Eastwood’s critically acclaimed rendering of the war in the Pacific, starring Ryan Phillippe and Jesse Bradford.

Sunday, November 9
Film screening: “Sahara” (1943)
7:00 p.m., Norman James Theatre, William Smith Hall

The film series concludes with a movie produced during the conflict itself: Zoltán Korda’s vivid portrayal of the tank war in North Africa, featuring Humphrey Bogart.

Tuesday, November 11
“The Real War: World War II Veterans Remember”
A multimedia performance and exhibition

7:30 p.m., Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts
This Veterans Day event caps off the six-week program. An innovative performance piece, produced by Washington College students working with World War II veterans and the musical ensemble Trio Galilei, will dramatize the veterans’ stories onstage through live performance, music, and images. A free dinner for all veterans (of any era) and exhibition will precede the main event.

For more information about these and other programs, visit

Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College is a private, independent college of liberal arts and sciences located in colonial Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience is dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to the American past and present. Through educational programs, scholarship and public outreach, and a special focus on written history, the Starr Center seeks to bridge the divide between the academic world and the public at large.

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Kent Chamber Music 26th Season of Concerts

Kent Chamber Music
September 2014

Kent Chamber Music has announced its 26th season of concerts and will once again be bringing six chamber music ensembles to Chestertown.

The series begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, with a debut performance by Excelsa Quartet. The quartet was formed in January 2009 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass., and was recently appointed University of Maryland’s Graduate Fellowship String Quartet for 2013-2016. Excelsa features Laura Colgate and Audrey Wright on violin, Valentina Shohdy on viola and Kacy Clopton on cello.

On Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., the Annapolis Chamber Players return, specializing in mixed chamber music from the baroque to the 21st century. Featuring some of the finest Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area musicians, its core members have been collaborating for more than 15 years. The group features Phyllis Crossen-Richardson on clarinet, Gail Vehslage on flute, Jonathan Richards on violin, Elizabeth Meszaros Richards on cello and Hui-Chuan Chen on piano. Phyllis Crossen-Richardson, artistic director of the group, is a lecturer at Washington College.

The first concert of the new year, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, will feature Eclatante, a harp and flute duo. Harpist Melissa Tardiff Dvorak has performed for the series several times. Her flutist for this performance is Julianna Nickel who performs throughout the D.C. area.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, another new ensemble will be welcomed to the series. Grace Kim, pianist and a faculty member of Washington College, will be performing with Daniel Shomber, cellist. Shomber is also on the faculty of Washington College and is an active performer in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area.

The final two concerts — at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26 — will feature two Kent Chamber Music favorites. On March 22, the Pyxis Piano Quartet will perform. The quartet was formed in 2009 and features Meredith Amado on violin, Jie Jin on cello, Hiroko Yamazaki on piano and Amy Leonard on viola.

On April 24, the series will conclude with the Peabody Consort under the direction of Mark Cudek, featuring musicians from the Peabody School of Music in Baltimore performing Baroque and Renaissance music on Renaissance instruments.

All concerts will be held at Hotchkiss Hall in the Gibson Center for the Arts at Washington College.

Tickets are $15 at the door or $75 for the six-concert series.

To purchase series tickets, send an email with your name, address and number of tickets you’d like to purchase to

Visit for more information about the programs and performers.

The concerts are presented in part by the financial support of the Kent County Arts Council and the Hedgelawn Foundation.

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Md. National Guard Chaplain to Address Issues of Religious Liberty in the U.S. Military September 25, 2014

Washington College
September 2014

The top chaplain of the Maryland National Guard, Col. William Sean Lee, will share his insights about religious liberty in the military when he speaks at Washington College on Thursday, September 25.

His talk, “Religious Liberty and the Military Chaplain: Current Challenges to Religious Liberty in the U.S. Armed Services,” will take place at 6:00 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, on the College campus, 300 Washington Avenue. Sponsored by the College’s Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture, the event is free and open to the public.

Col. William Sean Lee is a senior officer in the Joint Forces Headquarters in Baltimore, as well as an ordained Baptist minister. He regularly consults militaries around the world on best practices for ensuring the free exercise of religion for military personnel. In 2005, he helped launch Partners in Care, an initiative of the Maryland National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Chaplain’s office. The program connects local faith communities with members of the Maryland National Guard to provide support and aid without religious obligation. Lee also co-authored Military Chaplains as Peace Builders: Embracing Indigenous Religions in Stability Operations (BiblioBazaar 2012), which advocates for the formal involvement of indigenous religious leaders in stability operations. He holds a doctor of ministry degree from Erskine Theological Seminary and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College through the National Security Fellows Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture at Washington College explores the contributions of religion to political and cultural life in the United States and around the world.

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Eleanor Conroy & Eric Siegel are Shorewoman and Shoreman of the Week

Washington College Athletics
September 23, 2014

Eric Siegel
Shoreman of the Week

Junior sailor Eric Siegel (Kilmarnock, Va./Christchurch School) is this week’s Shoreman of the Week. Siegel skippered Washington to a first-place finish in B Division, helping the team to a first-place overall finish in the MAISA Central Fall Qualifier this weekend on the Chester River.

Siegel and sophomore crew Matt McDermaid (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach) placed first, second, third, first, first, and second in the six B Division races. The performance helped boost Washington to its first co-ed dinghy regatta title since 2011 and qualified the team for the War Memorial, the MAISA Fall Co-Ed Dinghy Championships.

Eleanor Conroy
Shorewoman of the Week

Senior sailor Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, Mass./Tabor Academy) is this week’s Shorewoman of the Week. Conroy helped lead her team to a victory in the MAISA Central Fall Qualifier this weekend on the Chester River.

Conroy skippered Washington in A Division, grabbing fourth place in the division with junior crew Alex Crawford (Annapolis, Md./Severna Park). Washington finished first overall of 14 teams, qualifying for the War Memorial – the MAISA Fall Co-Ed Dinghy Championships – and winning its first co-ed dinghy regatta since 2011.

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20th Anniversary Relay for Life, Kent MD

Worton, MD
September 20, 2014

The 20th Relay for Life Kent, Maryland was held on September 20th at Kent County High School. The day was perfect. Bright and Sunny.

In the 20 years of the event nearly 1 Million Dollars has been raised. This year (as of this writing) Relay for Life, Kent MD with 33 participants has raised $32,904.76.

It’s not too late in increase this total. You can still make a Donation to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life at

Without a doubt all in attendance throughout the day had a good time.

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A technical issue came up that prevented the following to be read at the Luminaria Ceremony:

Tonight we are all here to celebrate the POWER OF PURPLE, the power to help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission to eliminate cancer.

The POWER OF CANCER is a dreaded force causing pain and suffering everywhere. All of us here tonight have been touched by cancer, giving us the POWER OF DETERMINATION to do something to ease the burden of this terrible disease. We empower ourselves by participating in the Relay For Life to raise funds for research to find a cure, and by raising awareness of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and patient services provided by the American Cancer Society.

Equally important tonight is the POWER OF REMEMBRANCE, for we must never forget those whose lives have been lost to cancer and those courageous survivors who inspire us all.

We will now conduct a Luminaria ceremony to symbolize the POWER OF HOPE as we honor those who have had or now have cancer.

May all of us here, who represent the POWER OF PURPLE, continue in our common goal to fight against cancer.

For someone you know that has been diagnosed with cancer in the past year, we light candles.

For someone you know that has died of cancer many years ago, we light candles.

For someone you know that is undergoing treatment for cancer now, we light candles.

For someone you know that has been a longtime survivor, we light candles.

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Save the Dates for RiverArts’ 2014 Studio Tour

RiverArts Studio Tour
September 22, 2014

The Chestertown RiverArts Fifteenth Annual Studio Tour invites friends, families, art enthusiasts, and the curious to experience and meet fifty-nine artists at work. The vibrant Kent County Artists Community will open their studio doors October 25 and 26 and November 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. Visitors can take a fascinating, free, self-guided journey to discover amazing work by artists, many of whom are known and recognized for their achievements throughout the art world. Returning visitors will note that there are ten new artists on the tour.

The art is as diverse as the artists who create it, with styles ranging from traditional to the avant-garde, expressed in a variety of media that includes painting, photography, sculpture, metal work, pottery, fiber, woodcraft, jewelry, furniture, glass and more. Studios are also varied with several storefronts, independent studios in two small art complexes (Cannon Street Studios and the Arts at Still Pond Station), many studios at the artists’ homes – some detached from the main house and some inside the home itself. Every bit as joyful as seeing the magnificent art is meeting the individual artists, seeing them at work, thus getting a clearer understanding of the creative process, and having the opportunity to buy original work at studio prices. Many visitors return year after year to see the new work of their favorite artists and the work of new artists on the tour.

Situated on a scenic peninsula where the Chester and Sassafras Rivers meander into the Chesapeake Bay, Kent County has retained its serene beauty despite the passage of time. Tour goers often remark on how much they enjoy the tranquility of the countryside, water views and small, friendly towns. Visitors have the options of walking through the village of Chestertown and visiting the studios “downtown.” Chestertown RiverArts has its Clay Studio, the only one of its kind on the Upper Shore, right in downtown Chestertown, at 204 High Street. Or tour the countryside around Chestertown and Rock Hall and visit the studios in the outlying areas of Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties, a ride made more beautiful by the fall colors. Many studios overlook the Chester River, numerous creeks or the Chesapeake Bay.

Examples of each artist’s work will be on display at the Chestertown RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, providing a chance to plan an itinerary that matches one’s interests. The exhibit will open First Friday, October 3, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Brochures may be found at the Gallery and at restaurants and shops throughout Kent County; they provide a brief description of each artist along with directions to the studio and a user-friendly map. Regular hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. During the Studio Tour, Gallery hours are Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-5. Combine your Studio Tour with Chestertown’s Schooner Sultana Downrigging weekend October 31-November 2. Sultana is joined by many historic tall ships and Chesapeake Buy-Boats. Many interesting art studios are within easy walking distance of the ships. All this makes for a fun family outing. For more information on the tour call 410-778-6300, email or go to our website; the 2014 brochure can be downloaded.

We hope that you will join us for our fifteenth year.

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