My name is Jillian Curran and I am an intern on the Maryland 400 Project for this summer. I am originally from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and am now a rising sophomore at Washington College, where I major in history. At school, I am involved with the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. I have worked on both the Chesapeake Heartland Project, which researches the experiences of African-Americans on the Eastern Shore, and the World War II National Home Front Project, which collects oral histories of those who lived during the conflict. I hope to continue my historical studies and one day become a museum curator or professor.
For as long as I can remember, the past has always fascinated me.
The American Revolutionary War, in particular, has always captivated my interest. When I was first told the story of the Maryland 400, the bravery and selflessness of its members astounded me. I am so excited to help shed some light on these individual soldiers that have remained anonymous for far too long. We owe a great deal to them, and I believe that remembering and telling their stories is a beautiful way to honor them. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Washington College, the Starr Center, and their Explore America Summer Internship Program for providing me with the opportunity to do so.