About the Team

Dr. Nona P. Martin

"The stories we tell, particularly the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, are important. They are important in understanding who we are and in determining who we will become, both as individuals and as a people." Dr. Nona P. Martin has had a passion for collecting stories since before she knew the term "oral history." Mix that with her passion for teaching, and her involvement in a program like StoryQuest is inevitable. Nona's website: http://nonamartin.org/ Washington College video of Dr. Nona P. Martin here.  

Michael Buckley

"The goal of doing these oral history interviews is to increase awareness about where we live, to re-enchant our students about the richness and diversity of ordinary people living extraordinary lives all around us, and to give them tools so they can become involved in shaping our future.” It was Michael's radio interview series “Voices of the Chesapeake Bay” on 103.1 WRNR-FM Annapolis that inspired the ongoing Washington College StoryQuest oral history workshop. This fall, the StoryQuest project will include a partnership with the Cater Society of Junior Fellows and the Library of Congress Veterans History Project to record the stories of WWII veterans from Chestertown's Heron Point Retirement Community.  Website: www.VoicesoftheChesapeakeBay.org

Erin Cooper '13

“What’s been most interesting to me is asking people about what has changed and what hasn’t changed,” says Erin Cooper ’14, majoring in art and art history, and philosophy and religion. “There are still problems—jobs, education, lower expectations.” Erin Cooper was a senior double majoring in Political Science and Art History, with a minor in Religion during her time at the Washington College.  She is from Reisterstown, MD, and hopes to pursue post-graduate studies in Art History and Political Inequality, with the goal of becoming a researcher for a university or museum.  Erin is a photographer that worked for the Washington College Elm, and on the college's GIS Lab "Easton 3D" project.

Samantha Gross '14

“Hearing from the black elders about the downfalls of integration was interesting,” says Samantha Gross ’14, majoring in English and Hispanic studies with a minor in business management. “A lot of them claimed pre-integration education was much better, which you don't expect to hear. This project is great because texts and facts can only tell you so much about history.” Sam is an English, Hispanic Studies double major with a concentration in European Studies and Business Management. Visit Sam's college webpage here.

Michael Derege '14

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