St. Mary’s College of Maryland graduating seniors Caitlin Hall and Samuel Johnson are invited speakers to Jefferson Patterson Park’s Speaker Series on May 19 at 7 p.m. in St. Leonard, Md. Hall and Johnson will each speak about their original research done as part of their senior capstone “St. Mary’s” project.
Hall’s research focuses on the Piscataway during 1600-1700 C.E. She says she chose that period “because it encompasses a brief moment of time before the English invaded and [it] allowed me to look at change over time.” An anthropology and history double major with a minor in museum studies, Hall begins work as an assistant archaeologist under Professor Julia King at St. Mary’s College after graduation. She plans to pursue a dual master’s degree in applied anthropology and historic preservation.
Johnson’s research includes a full translation and in-depth analysis of Elizabethan shipwright Matthew Baker’s manuscript on ancient English shipbuilding. A history major and Phi Beta Kappa scholar, Johnson will spend a gap year working on historic wooden sailing ships before pursuing graduate studies in the United Kingdom.