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Dr. Barry Lanman (


Dr. Barry A. Lanman is the Director of the Martha Ross Center for Oral History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Concurrently, he is the past-director of the Consortium of Oral History Educators, historian for the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, an oral history consultant/interviewer and specialist in the field of oral history as an educational methodology. Dr. Lanman has authored numerous articles, pamphlets and books in the fields of education and history. He has also written and produced historical media presentations and wrote an educational component for the television series The Promised Land.

Barry A. Lanman received his doctorate from Temple University, served as the first chair of the Oral History Association's Committee on Education and is a founder and past-president of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Former Members of Congress named Dr. Lanman as its educator-historian for 1984. He has also received the Judith Ruchkin Research Award and the Forrest Pogue History Award.

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John Willard (

Project Manager/Staff Oral Historian

John Willard is responsible for: Identifying, acquiring, managing and completing individual oral history programs for the Center; he is responsible for management of the student internship program; he assists the Director with long-range and strategic planning; and is the resident technology manager.

I first came to the Martha Ross Center with a passion to find and disseminate the untold stories of history. I have a real sense that if we don't collect these stories, they will be lost forever to future generations.

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Jennifer Braithwait Darrow

Staff Oral Historian

Jennifer Braithwait Darrow graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies in 1998 and a Master's Degree in Historical Studies in 2001. She currently serves as a Staff Oral Historian for the Martha Ross Center for Oral History. Though her studies focused on recent political developments in U.S. history, Darrow's experience with the Martha Ross Center has led her in varied directions, enabling her to contribute to the Maryland Aviation History Centennial of Flight Project, Apple Federal Credit Union 50th Anniversary Oral History Project and Halethorpe Heritage: A Story of A Maryland Community.

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Kevin Matthew Webb (

Kevin Matthew Webb is currently completing his final year as a graduate student in the History Department at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A native of Maryland, Kevin completed his bachelor's degree at Towson University in 1995, majoring in both History and Art, with a concentration in jewelry design and metal work. Following graduation, Kevin was offered a full-time position at Towson University, where he continues to work as Associate Director of Admissions. He is currently finishing his Master's Thesis project, which focuses on the history of marine railways on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Katie Duncan (

Katie Duncan is a recent graduate from the History Department at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UMBC in 2004 with a B.A. in History, and successfully defender her Masters thesis to earn her M.A. degree in May 2006. Katie also works for UMBC's Center for History Education as a Program Assistant.