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Virtual Lecture - Planting an Empire

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture

Time: 7 pm

Planting an Empire is the only modern, comprehensive history of the Chesapeake colonies, but writing it wasn’t a simple task. While two colonies shared a geographic region, they differed in a number of fundamental ways, xbristol-londonyet together they formed a prosperous and politically important region in British North America. Trying to balance two dissimilar narratives proved to be a challenge. A cautionary tale for would-be authors!

Registration required.

Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers


This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. If you do not receive your confirmation email after you register, please check your Spam folder, or email Carolyn Currin at To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website.

VL-Russo-Jean-headshotAbout our Presenter: Jean Russo received her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University with a specialization in American colonial history. She is a consulting historian for Historic Annapolis and an employee of the Maryland State Archives. Her published work includes essay author and co-editor of Colonial Chesapeake Society. She and Mark B. Letzer edited the diary of William Faris, Annapolis clockmaker & gardener, published by the Maryland Historical Society in 2003. She wrote Planting an Empire: The Early Chesapeake in British North America, a history of the colonial Chesapeake region, with her daughter, also an historian, for Johns Hopkins University Press (2012). For Maryland: A History (also JHUP, 2018), she wrote the first chapter and co-edited the volume.


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