Local History


With its forests, thickets, marshes, rivers and creeks, the Eastern Shore’s natural landscape provided a passageway to freedom along the Underground Railroad for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of slaves, including abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Designated as a “Place to Visit” on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, Adkins Arboretum reflects the conditions through which slaves traveled en route to freedom, and serves as a dramatic vista to experience the little-known relationship between nature and the Underground Railroad.

With grant support from Maryland Humanities Council and Maryland Heritage Area Authority, the Arboretum will produce a stimulating, educational and thought-provoking interpretive project that explores the role of nature for those in pursuit of freedom via the Underground Railroad. The two awards, totaling $28,000, will expand the Arboretum’s capacity to tell the story and experience of the Underground Railroad and make a significant contribution to the development of the Underground Railroad Scenic Byway.

Juneteenth Celebration Set for June 16 at Academy Art Museum

The Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the Academy Art Museum recently announced plans for a Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 16, 2012, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland.

Juneteenth, one of the most important African American holidays in the country, marks the abolition of slavery.  It commemorates the date – June 19, 1865 – when the slaves in Galveston, Texas first received the word of the Emancipation Proclamation, which Abraham Lincoln had issued two and one-half years earlier on January 1, 1863. 

According to Eric Lowery, President of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, "Our goal is to celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans in our country, and reflect on the common values and ideals that we share as a community.  Last year’s Juneteenth Celebration was particularly exciting with the dedication of the statue of Frederick Douglass at the Talbot County Courthouse -- and we are preparing another great program for this year.”

The centerpiece of the Juneteenth Celebration will be a special screening of the new documentary “Double Victory” about the historic role of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II at 2:30 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre in Easton.  These pioneering African Americans bravely fought a war on two fronts: fascism abroad and racial injustice at home.  “Double Victory” was produced by George Lucas and serves as a companion to the feature film “Red Tails” now in theatres nationwide.  A panel discussion will follow the screening, featuring original Tuskegee Airmen sharing their personal experience, moderated by Vic Carter, WJZ’S Eyewitness News Co-Anchor.  The program is part of the Double Victory Museum Tour, which also includes an Education Guide and Faith Study Guide.

Taste of Mount Harmon

CookBook Launch Event

Mt. Harmon Front View

 Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 12 noon - 2pm. 
Come and sample recipes from the Treasures of Mount Harmon -
A new cookbook hot off the presses.
600 Mt Harmon Lane, Earleville, MD

Hearth Cooking, Demonstrations, Manor House Tours

Hike our beautiful Nature Trails 

Special Admission: $5

FOMH Members free

Talk Explores the Era When the Honeymoon Express Rolled Into Elkton, Bringing Cupid’s Wedding Business To Town

Just in time for June, a busy month for weddings in Elkton, the colorful story of that era is being presented in a captivating talk.   Hear about how the quick marriage business got started in Cecil County in 1913 and for several decades made the place hum as the marrying parsons worked overtime, cranking out some 12,000 marriages annually in the mid-1930s.

SPONSOR:  The Historical Society of Cecil County

WHAT:        Talk on Elkton’s Marriage History

WHERE:      135 E. Main St. Elkton

WHEN:         May 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Free with light refreshments

The 2nd Maryland, Company H invades the Perryville Branch of the Cecil County Public Library!


This reenactment group will set  up camp, conduct drills and demonstrations and provide a glimpse into the life of Civil War soldiers.

This event is open to the public, free of charge and no registration is required. A great event for families and history enthusiasts.

Saturday, April 14 from 10am – 5pm.

 For more information, please contact the Perryville Branch Library 410-996-6070. 

Informational meeting about the Harriet Tubman Memorials

 Dorchester County Tourism and the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area invite the public to an update about state and local planning for the 2013 Centennial Celebration of Harriet Tubman. The meeting will be held on Tuesday March 13th 5:30 – 7:00P.M. at the Harriet Tubman Organization, 424 Race Street, Cambridge.


Topics of interest will include an update on the legislation currently in the U.S. Congress that would establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, an overview of several exciting projects for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, and a preview of the groundbreaking plans for the Harriet Tubman State Park.


This meeting is free and open to the public.     


History Comes Alive in March

The Dorchester County Historical Society is pleased to announce March’s History Comes Alive program – The War of 1812 in Dorchester- which will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 10 am – 11:30 am.  Curator Charles Kuehne will share with the children the facts of this war as it relates to Dorchester County.  The children will take part in hands on activities that will enhance this history experience. 

The program is free and open to children aged 5 – 13.  Please register by calling 410.228.7953 or email dchs@verizon.net as space is limited.  DCHS is located at 1003 Greenway Drive off of Maryland Avenue East in Cambridge.

CBMM opens new tugboat exhibit: “Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Tugboats”

“Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Tugboats,” opens as a new exhibit on Saturday, April 21 in the Steamboat Building of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD.

The Chesapeake is a highway for tugs and barges, and for the large ships aided by tugs in port. The exhibit explores the lives of the men and women who work on these tugboats and the variety of ways tugs are used around the Chesapeake.

In addition to interactive displays along with the images and stories of life on tugboats, the exhibit includes a large, compound steam engine salvaged from the 1924 C&O railroad tug, W. J. Harahan (ex-Chessie, ex-El Toro).

Visitors will gain historical perspective on what has changed in the world of tugboats on the Bay since their first arrival, and meet some of the captains and crews who work—and sometimes live—aboard these hard-working boats.

To gather the stories of these men and women, CBMM Folklorist Michelle Zacks went aboard tugs, photographed their work, collected photographs from some of the crews, and conducted a series of oral history interviews all around the Bay.


Henry Callister, a native of the Isle of Man, arrived on the Eastern Shore in 1742, working as a factor for a Liverpool-based trading company. Although most of his days were spent overseeing shipments of tobacco to England and managing the company’s stores on the Shore, his unpublished papers show that one of his many interests was a passion for local natural history. On Fri., Feb. 10, join Salisbury University professor Ellen Lawler at Adkins Arboretum for a discussion of Callister’s nature writings. Lawler’s talk begins at 1 p.m.

Composed of brief descriptions of local birds, mammals, plants and insects, Callister’s writings also include an extended essay on swallows, comparing the species found in Maryland to those of Europe and discussing an ongoing debate of the day—whether swallows migrate or hibernate. Callister’s writings may be among the earliest in Maryland , and demonstrate that he was a keen observer of nature and had ideas well ahead of his time on topics such as the homing abilities of animals and the adaptability of species to different habitats and situations.

The program is $15 for members, $20 for the general public. Register at adkinsarboretum.org, call 410.634.2847, ext. 0, or e-mail info@adkinsarboretum.org.

African American History in Talbot County

Beth Hansen, the Curator at the Historical Society of Talbot County will present a program on African American History in Talbot County at the Brown Bag Lecture Series at noon on February 16 at Hospice House in Easton.  The Society has been working on a project to collect and preserve African American history.  This program is one small part of the project.  Beth has worked in small history museums for over 15 years.

The Friends of the Talbot County Free Library sponsor the Brown Bag program.   Guests are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy coffee and sweets provided by the Friends.  Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program.  The Hospice location is at 586 Cynwood Drive off of Idlewild Avenue in Easton.  For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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