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July Events for the Historical Society of Talbot County

Chautauqua 2013 – Turning Points in History
Living history portrayals of Amelia Earhardt, Jackie Robinson, and Rachel Carson
Monday, July 8;  Tuesday, July 9; Wednesday, July 10
7:00 pm
Garden behind the Historical Society Museum,
25 S. Washington St., Easton

Chautauqua (pronounced “sha-TAW-kwa”) adult education programs brought lecturers and entertainers to rural communities across the country in the early 20th century. This Maryland Humanities Council program brings to life famous figures from the past. Each evening’s entertainment will present a different character, who will tell how his or her life changed our culture.
A FREE program of the Maryland Humanities Council. Also sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, and Judith Needham & Warren Kilmer.


1812-1814 Acting Troupe
Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14
9 am – 6pm Saturday, 9 am – 2 pm Sunday
Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Show
11472 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD

Our group of citizens will enact life during the War of 1812. At this fun event we will be between the broommaker and the blacksmith. Come look for us.
Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Association is located approximately 5 miles north of Easton, MD on US Route 50 between mileposts 58 and 59.


Longwoods School Open House
Saturday, July 20
10 am to 1 pm
Longwoods Rd (rte 662) near Sharp Rd.

If you’ve always wanted to see inside the little red schoolhouse in Longwoods, this is your chance. Walk around the classroom and see what it would be like to write on a slate tablet. Bring a lunch and have a picnic on the lawn.


War of 1812-1814 Bicentennial Trip
Bus Trip to Fort McHenry and Maryland Historical Society
Thursday, July 25
Depart from Easton Fire House on Creamery Lane at 8:30am.
Return to Easton by 6:15pm.

Experience the ultimate Star-Spangled adventure when HSTC takes a family-friendly excursion to Fort McHenry and the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS). During the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, the valiant defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” As a capstone to the day’s experience, we will visit the MdHS exhibit called “In Full Glory Reflected” which includes Francis Scott Key’s original hand-written poem that became our National Anthem.
Fee includes bus, driver gratuity, tours of the fort and museum, and a boxed lunch. $60 per HSTC member/$75 per non-member


Easton Kitchen and Garden Tour

The Historical Society of Talbot County and the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Maryland – Eastern Shore will again team up for the Easton Kitchen and Garden Tour. This partnership exemplifies a trend in the non-profit world where organizations with comparable missions join together to offer one well-subscribed and organized event. The tour, slated for May 11, 2013 will highlight eight locations, including the kitchen and garden on the campus of HSTC, a B&B (McDaniel House) and several unique homes, all within walking distance in downtown Easton’s historic area or just outside Easton. Two speakers will present programs, one in the morning on gardens and the other in the afternoon on kitchen design.

The tour will be from 10-5. The cost is $20.00, or $25.00 if purchased on the 11th. The tour will start at the Historical Society and guests can return for tea in the garden later in the afternoon.

For further information to purchase tickets, or to volunteer as a hostess, please call the Historical Society at 410-822-0773 or Katie Moose at 410-820-9915.


War of 1812-1814 Formal Ball

Saturday, January 12, 2013

1:30 pm Workshop
6 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Dance

Miles River Yacht Club, 24750 Yacht Club Road, St. Michaels

Start out the new year by celebrating an old year. 1813 was the year the people of St. Michaels defended their town from the British in the War of 1812-1814. We’ll dance the night away just like Dolly Madison and Francis Scott Key. This is also the era of Jane Austen and the English Regency. Live music will fill the air, dance mistresses will teach us the steps, and you can sparkle in your own period costume or modern formal attire. An optional dinner will feature food inspired by menus of 1813.

No partner is needed for the dancing. The steps are easy – rather like square dancing. The American Ladies will “call” the dances, telling you what to do. If you can turn right or left when instructed, you will do just fine.

Costumes will be available for rental at the Historical Society of Talbot County and Berrier’s Menswear in Easton. Modern formal attire is also appropriate. Costume workshops will be held Dec 13 and 29, and January 3.

A dance workshop in the afternoon will give you a head start on learning the dances.
Workshop at 1:30 pm is free

Dinner and dance tickets are $75 per guest
Dance only tickets are $30

For more information call 410-822-0773 or 410-745-5411

This is a joint event of the Historical Society of Talbot County and the St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square.

Tickets may be purchased through http://www.hstc.org/eventsandprograms.htm

Traditional Crafts Fair

Stroll through the museum’s garden and see a variety of traditional crafts people at work and offering crafts for sale. Listen to live music by the Royal Oak Musicians, and eat food provided by Catering by Jamie. Visit with adorable pets looking for homes through the Talbot County Humane Society. In case of rain, the event will move into the Auditorium. For more information call 410-822-0773 or go to hstc.org

Historical Society of Talbot County
25 S. Washington St., Easton, MD

Saturday October 13
10 am to 3 pm

Chesapeake Bay Hurricanes Are the Subject of Historical Society Talk

Hurricanes, cookies, and power generators will all come together on April 28 at the HSTC Auditorium in Easton when the Talbot County Historical Society presents “Hurricanes and the Chesapeake Bay Region”. Author and researcher Rick Schwartz will discuss his findings and show track maps and photos from his seven years of research on 400 years of mid-Atlantic hurricane history.

Refreshments for the event will be provided by Suburban Power Services of Grasonville, which will also have information available about its residential and commercial power generators.

“Any weather event can cause a power outage,” said Suburban Power Services’ owner Wil Howerton. “The more severe the event — such as a hurricane — the more widespread and the longer an outage can be.

“We offer solutions to power outages caused by any type of problem. Our solutions, which help protect families and property throughout the region, are tailored to each resident’s or business owner’s situation. We offer free consultations by appointment.”

The coming hurricane season promises to have the potential for many power outages in this area. Scientists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science predict that 2011 hurricane activity in the Atlantic will be “very active” with five major hurricanes reaching Category 3 or stronger. They further predict that during the 2011 hurricane season (June 1 — November 30) there will be approximately 9 hurricanes and 16 named storms.

The scientists use a computer model they developed to make their predictions. They will revise the current prediction during the coming months.

About the Event: Hurricanes and the Chesapeake Bay Region
Date: Thursday, April 28 Time: 3 PM Cost: FREE
Place: HSTC Auditorium, 17 S. Washington Street, Easton
Sponsoring Organization: Talbot County Historical Society
Refreshments Sponsor: Suburban Power Services

About Suburban Power Services:
Suburban Power Services has been in business for 10 years. The Company’s owners have more than 14 years of experience with power generators.

The Company specializes in generators that provide residential and commercial users with power when their normal power provider suffers an outage. Suburban Power Services’ generators come in various sizes (from those that cover essential circuits to those that cover all circuits all the time); all have 3-year warranties.

The highly-trained staff at Suburban Power Services configures each power generator solution to each individual residence or business. Free consultations are available by calling 410-827-3827.

More information on the Company’s products and services is available on the Web at

Historical Society of Talbot County Hosts Preview Screening of New MPT Series

Maryland Public Television (MPT) will offer a sneak peek at its newest series,Chesapeake Collectibles, on January 7, 2011 at the Historical Society of Talbot County’s (HSTC) Auditorium.

Premiering January 8, 2011, Chesapeake Collectibles is a weekly series that explores the area’s rich history through its treasures, its people and their stories.

Each half-hour episode will feature Marylanders discussing the cultural or historical significance of their cherished items with antiques experts. Filmed at MPT’s studios and on location across the state, the series is hosted by Rhea Feikin (ArtWorks This Week, Impressions.)

Attendees at the January 7 event may bring one small item to be verbally appraised by volunteer appraisers between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., enjoy a short excerpt from the new series Chesapeake Collectibles.

In partnership with MPT, the HSTC seeks to promote not only MPT’s exciting new show but also its mission to preserve, communicate and celebrate the rich heritage of Talbot County by educating its residents and visitors.

Location: 17 S. Washington Street, Easton, MD 21601
Information: (410) 822-0773, director@hstc.org

Beginning January 8, Chesapeake Collectibles will air on MPT Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 8 p.m. and on MPT2 on Sundays at 6 p.m.

Produced at MPT by Ken Day, Chesapeake Collectibles is made possible by MPT’s New Initiatives Fund, which is sponsored by Irene and Edward Kaplan, along with Preston • Scheffenacker Properties. Additional sponsors: SECU, Smyth Jewelers. This sneak preview event is made possible by MPT and by Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts, an upscale antique consignment store at 30 S. Washington Street in downtown Easton, owned and operated by the HSTC.

For more information on MPT, visit mpt.org. For this and other press releases, visit the MPT pressroom. For more information about HSTC, visit www.hstc.org or call (410) 822-0773.

“Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and their Neighbors”

The Historical Society of Talbot County will be featuring an exhibit in September “Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and their Neighbors”.

During the exhibit there will be a seminar sponsored by the Historical Society and the University of Maryland Extension about agriculture production and its important contributions to the Eastern Shore and Talbot County.

September 8, 2010 (7:00-9:00pm) – Agriculture in Talbot County
Agriculture is Talbot County’s number one industry contributing to the economy, food supply and scenic beauty.  From the food we eat, to the flowers and plants in our homes, the landscaping of our yards, our valuable real estate, beautiful coastal waters and fine recreational hunting all relate to our county’s agricultural land use. This session will discuss agriculture in the county and include a panel of local farmers.

Historical Society of Talbot County
25 South Washington Street
Easton, MD 21601

Historical Society of Talbot County Holds Annual Meeting

The Historical Society of Talbot County held its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 18 in the HSTC auditorium.  Despite the inclement weather, over 120 friends of HSTC attended to hear about the progress of the organization financially and programmatically over the past year, and its plans for the near future.  President of the Board of Directors, Richard C. Tilghman, Jr. welcomed everyone and noted “HSTC’s positive momentum and the renewed excitement for the organization’s mission.”  President Tilghman acknowledged his fellow board of directors, volunteers, donors, members and staff for helping to accomplish so many things over the past year.

The meeting marked the end of Board service for Dirck Bartlett, Kimberly Corkran, Wuzzy Miller, and Meg van den Berg and the beginning of board service for Patrick Bogan, There Fiechter, Carolyn Miller, Michael Cone, Susan Wilford, Rick Van Emburgh and David Tuthill.  HSTC also announced that HSTC friends and past Board of Directors, Norma Redele and Barclay Trippe were appointed to Board of Director Emeritus.   For the 2010-2011 year, Richard C. Tilghman, Jr. is President, Carla Howell is Vice President, Roger Bollman is Treasurer and Bill Lane is the Secretary.  Eleanor Shriver Magee remains the Executive Director.  “As I complete my first year as Executive Director, I am grateful for the leadership shown by this past year’s Board of Directors and I am eagerly awaiting the chance to work with the new and returning Directors as well as the staff, donors, and volunteers to move HSTC forward,” said Shriver Magee.

President Tilghman presented the 2010 President’s Award to the Talbot County Garden Club represented by its current President, Bobbie Brittingham.  The Historical Society of Talbot County honored the TCGC for its longstanding work in HSTC’s garden but also for its other civic projects throughout the county including but not limited to maintaining the Children’s Garden and Five Corners in Idlewild Park, Hospice House Gardens, Mayor and Council Gardens, and creating of Christmas Wreaths for many prominent buildings during the holiday season. “HSTC and many parts of our county would simply not be the same without our dear friend, the Talbot County Garden Club,” said Tilghman.

The meeting concluded with the presentation of the Heritage Awards and Awards of Merit.   The award presentations are an important and exciting feature of HSTC’s Annual Meeting. A wide variety of projects are eligible for a Heritage Award including education programs, publications, preservation of a historic site or structure, historic landscape or garden design, “history makers” and new architecture built in an historic environment.   “Once again this year the Heritage Committee received several very outstanding nominations.  The committee was hard pressed to select this year’s winners.  This year’s winners were chosen for their extraordinary vision and taking those ‘above & beyond’ extra steps to achieve very noteworthy results,” noted Heritage Award Committee Chair, Pamela Heyne.

Heritage Awards

Citizens of Muskrat Park
For the rehabilitation, enhancement and adaptive reuse of green space within a historic district

It took a village to renew this park.  When the Citizens for Muskrat Park, with Barbara Paca’s design in hand, lobbied for less parking and more green, the Commissioners of St. Michaels agreed.  The result is a design more in-keeping with the feel of the community, not a proscribed urban space. The new Muskrat Park enhances the surrounding historic architecture and harbor, and creates a welcoming, shared public space for all of St. Michaels and its visitors to enjoy.
Recipients of the Award: Marie Martin and Will Gordon

Tilghman Gravesite at Rich Neck Manor, Inc.
For the preservation of a historic cemetery

After years of planning, preparation, and study, Arthur Waxter and his brother W.D. Waxter, III, engineered the restoration of the Tilghman Family cemetery and the gravesite of Matthew Tilghman.  Matthew Tilghman lived from 1718 to 1790 and was known as the “Father of the Revolution” in Maryland.  The Waxters were disturbed that the resting place of such an important figure in our history was left to crumble. They raised the money to fund the professional services to clear the overgrowth, rebuild the stone wall, and care for the grave markers. Repairing these tabletop markers was a complex process requiring not simply repointing brick but piecing and pinning bluestone tablets, or ledgers, removing poor repairs, and cleaning and resetting stones.  This was a complex, high-quality project undertaken by two Talbot County residents who committed a dozen years to honoring our heritage respectfully.
Recipient of award: Arthur Waxter

Blaine duPont
For lifetime achievement in the restoration and preservation of historic buildings, their settings and other artifacts related to the heritage of Talbot County

For more than three decades Ebby duPont has gone quietly about the business of restoring and preserving artifacts of Talbot County history. He has restored log canoes, early 20th century pleasure boats, an important rural church, vernacular and high style residential architecture, and has created exemplars of new architecture in historic settings.  In the St. Michaels Historic Area he restored and adapted a series of small houses for modern living while respecting their original scale and design, and thereby retained the look and the feel of a whole section of a neighborhood.  His high caliber work represents a lifetime of achievement and a lasting contribution to Talbot County’s heritage.
Recipient of Award: Blaine “Ebby” duPont

Maryland Room of the Talbot County Free Library
For preserving archives and providing research assistance to the public

For more nearly 70 years The Maryland Room has been a special resource to professionals and laypeople researching important events, locating ancestors and uncovering the history of their communities, neighborhoods, and homes.  There are over 4500 books, 96 reels of newspaper microfilms, 33 reels of census data including a complete record for Talbot County, and files and boxes of catalogued maps, clippings, pamphlets, manuscripts and journals.  The staff is indulgent with newcomers and familiar faces, and their thorough knowledge of their resources and others throughout Maryland is impressive.   No author, no historian, no historic area resident in Talbot County would be without the Maryland Room.
Recipients of the Award: Becky Riti and Scotti Oliver

Jousting Tournament at Old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
For longevity, historical significance and promotion of Maryland’s state sport

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church has sponsored this annual jousting tournament for 140-plus years.  The tournament has a history of being held on August 15th, Feast of the Assumption, and still occurs every August, but on the first Wednesday.  The only time the tournament was cancelled was during World War II when, according to the record “the most able-bodied riders” were at War.  Jousting became Maryland’s State Sport in 1968.  Just so you know, in 2008 Lacrosse became the Official Team Sport of Maryland.
Recipients of the Award: Father Robert Coine and Michael Boyle

Awards of Merit 2010

Waterfowl Festival
For the Dr. Harry Walsh Outlaw Gunner artifacts exhibit

This community exhibit honored Dr. Harry Walsh, one of the Founders of Waterfowl Festival. Close friends, collectors and even the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum loaned materials to be included in this Artifacts Exhibit at the High School last fall.  The display highlighted items that used to be in Dr. Walsh’s collection, and helped to create the feel of the time period of Dr. Walsh’s book about an era in Chesapeake Bay history: The Outlaw Gunner.
Recipients of the Award: Judy Price, Bill Millar, Pete Lesher, Joe Walsh

Tilghman Waterman’s Museum
For collecting, sharing and celebrating the heritage of the island’s watermen and their families

It’s early in its career to honor the Tilghman Waterman’s Museum, but we feel it is laudable and critical that the people of Tilghman have stepped forward to protect their heritage against the threats of time and change as the Chesapeake Bay struggles. They created a heritage association, began a museum in the old barber shop, and then secured a permanent home for their museum by purchasing the 1893 Lee House – an historic home with special Tilghman-Island characteristics. They say their “journey began …with a handful of Tilghman Island residents interested in preserving an historic workboat.  [The] idea soon expanded into an effort to record the ongoing story of Tilghman Island’s unique community, a community rich in history and with a culture centered on the work of watermen and their families.
Recipients of the Award: Hall and Mary Kellogg

HSTC’s mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret materials that document and illustrate the history of Talbot County, Maryland. The Society promotes public interest, understanding and enjoyment of the County’s rich heritage within Maryland’s Eastern Shore and the Nation.  For more information about HSTC please call 410-822-0773 or visit www.hstc.org .

Library’s Maryland Room Wins Historical Society’s Heritage Award

On May 18, the Talbot County Free Library’s Maryland Room was awarded one of the Historical Society of Talbot County’s prestigious Heritage Awards.  In ceremonies held in the Society’s elegant auditorium, the Maryland Room was recognized for its outstanding contribution to the preservation of Talbot County’s heritage.  Accepting the award on behalf of the library and its board, Maryland Room Librarian Becky Riti thanked her colleagues and volunteers for their support, pointing out that “the Maryland Room answered over 7,600 patron queries this past year.”

For more information about the Maryland Room’s general archives, historical documents, and genealogical records, call the library at 410-822-1626.

Waterfowl Festival Honored For Outlaw Gunner Exhibit

The Waterfowl Festival was honored by the Historical Society of Talbot County with an Award of Merit for the 2009 Festival’s special Outlaw Gunner exhibit. The award took place at the Historical Society’s recent Annual Meeting.

The exhibit featured historic artifacts from the collection of the late Dr. Harry Walsh, one of the founders of the Waterfowl Festival, and its first President and Chairman of the Board.

He was also the author of “The Outlaw Gunner,” a book about the Chesapeake Bay’s market hunters, who often worked on the margins of the law. Many of the items on display were loaned by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, to which Dr. Walsh donated much of his collection.

On hand to receive the certificate of recognition were, left to right, Kim Newcomb and Bill Millar, who were instrumental in coordinating the exhibit; Pete Lesher, Curator of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum; Judy Price, Waterfowl Festival Executive Director; and Marybee and Joe Walsh, Dr. Walsh’s wife and son.

The Historical Society’s President, Richard Tilghman, Jr., presented the award, commending the Festival for recreating the feel of the Outlaw Gunner lore.

Price expressed her appreciation to all the volunteers who spent countless hours gathering the artifacts and creating the exhibit. She thanked the Historical Society for the recognition and for its continued partnership with the Waterfowl Festival.

The 2010 Waterfowl Festival will be held in Easton November 12, 13 & 14.  For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, contact the Waterfowl Festival office at 410-822-4567 or visit its website, www.waterfowlfestival.org.