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November 9th, 2021

Washington's Road of 1753' is next installment of Joan Crawford Lecture Series at GC

Dr. Emily Hager Kasecamp to present next lecture on Nov. 17th


Dr. Emily Hager Kasecamp

The third and final installment of the fall Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations will take place on Wednesday, November 17th at 6 p.m. in room 111 in the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) building on the McHenry campus of Garrett College. Dr. Emily Hager Kasecamp will present 'Washington's Road of 1753: A British, American, and Native American Enterprise'.

As a Western Maryland native, Emily Hager Kasecamp is proud to have taught history, political science, and interdisciplinary classes at Garrett College, Potomac State, and her Alma mater Frostburg State University (FSU). After FSU, Dr. Kasecamp completed her masters' in history at West Virginia University and her doctorate at Kent State University.

While in graduate school, Kasecamp worked with the Michael Cresap Museum and the C & O Canal National Historical Park, which aided her study of how local events, mainly exploration of the Alleghany Mountains, influenced global empire-building and the outbreak of the French and Indian War. This research culminated in her dissertation, Company, Colony, and Crown: the Ohio Company of Virginia, Empire Building, and the Seven Years' War, 1747-1753.

Kasecamp continues to explore the connection between local and international history in her presentation, 'Washington's Road of 1753: A British, American, and Native American Enterprise'. She wants to share the history behind the new blue road signs commemorating George Washington's trip in 1753 and explore the broader context of this fateful journey.

"There is a little-known, exciting, and dangerous history behind Washington's expedition to Fort Le Boeuf," said Kasecamp. "Signs and pamphlets make it seem like Washington was on a sudden one-man mission. In reality, this trip filled with espionage, assassination attempts, and a constant battle with nature was part of an ongoing effort of British officials, American entrepreneurs, and Native Americans to protect their interests in the tumultuous Ohio Valley."

In memory and in honor of the dynamic educator Joan R. Crawford, the Garrett College faculty created the Joan Crawford Lecture Series. Crawford, who died on October 5, 2010, served the College community for more than 30 years. She joined the staff of the fledgling community college in 1972 and worked in many capacities in the decades that followed, including serving as the head of the humanities division and director of enrollment. After her retirement, Crawford was named Professor Emerita.

The Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge and the public and community members are invited to attend. Garrett College is planning to host additional lectures for the spring semester and information will be forthcoming. For more information, persons may contact Jenny Meslener at 301-387-3022 or