Students in Randy Ontiveros’ Literary Maryland course recently made the trip to the Riversdale House Museum in nearby Riverdale, MD.
Throughout the semester, students in Ontiveros' seminar (Literary Maryland / ENGL142) encounter a range of literary forms from plays to fiction to poetry to epistolary forms. Their study begins in the colonial era and moves through post-Revolutionary and antebellum Maryland. In the second half of the course, students examine literature from Maryland’s post-Civil War period up to our own time. The course allows students to explore the history of Maryland through a literary lens, supplemented by trips like the one to the Riversdale House Museum.
The Riversdale Mansion is a Federal style manor house, constructed between 1801 and 1807. The museum displays a collection of Rosalie Calvert’s letters, which are among several archival records and archaeological materials that provide modern-day visitors personal accounts of the period.