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Donald Shomette, The Haunting Mallows Bay, Graveyard of Wooden Ships

November 01, 2019 5pm

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson issued a national call to arms against Imperial Germany. What followed in the United States was a frenzied effort to build hundreds of merchant ships to replace those being destroyed in Germany’s campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare. The newly created U.S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation embarked on a course that, in the span of a few pivotal years in American history, came to exhibit mankind’s genius, ignorance, avarice, drive–and folly–for the largest portion of that fleet came to rest on the muddy floor of Mallows Bay. Donald G. Shomette recounts fascinating tales of the wonders that lie beneath the bay. An accomplished underwater archaeologist, Shomette describes the cutting-edge technology used in ship excavations, the underwater hunts for the earliest English colony in Maryland, and stories of the great fleet that now rests in eternal slumber beneath the waters of Mallows Bay.


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Walking Tours Recurring

One of the best ways to explore almost four centuries of Kent County and Chestertown history is by taking to foot and walking in the footsteps of those who made it. Start Walking Tours at the Bordley History Center at 301 High Street. Spring Walking Tour Spring has sprung!  The tour focuses on Chestertown life prior and during the Revolutionary War. Kent County was heavily involved in the war by sending support to Washington’s army and Chestertown was home to several naval heroes. The la ...

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August 2, Bill Leary, The African American Churches of Kent County In honor of Legacy Day 2019, Sumner Hall and the Historical Society of Kent County were proud to present the history of these 24 churches as researched and told by historian Bill Leary. We heard amazing and little known stories of the 24 African American churches founded in Kent County before and after the Civil War. Fifteen of these pioneering congregations still hold services today. Not to worry – you didn’t miss it ...

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