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"March"

March 1, 2013 @ 7:00pm

The Almighty Oyster: Food, Fighting and Sensibility

This presentation traces the evolution of the oyster industry in Maryland from the colonial period to the mid-twentieth century. John Wennersten details the rise of the oyster from a poor people's food to a status delicacy. As the desirability of oysters rose, deadly violence broke out among watermen over access to the oyster beds in the Chesapeake Bay, Tangier Sound, and the tributary rivers, leading to the notorious "Oyster Wars." Tragically, its national and international popularity led to over-harvesting and the demise of what had once been called the Almighty Oyster. The audience will consider how humans use, sensibly or not, the bounty of our natural resources. John Wennersten is a former Professor of History from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and has also been a visiting professor at Tokiwa University in Mito, Japan. He has published three books about the Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay, including The Oyster Wars of Chesapeake Bay, which examines the rise of the oyster industry throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Wennersten received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and his M.A. from Baylor University.

Location:
Room 119, College of Southern Maryland
115 J.W. Williams Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Contact Info:
Keith Hight
301-934-7827

March 3, 2013 @ 4:00pm

How Did We Get Here?

Join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for a discussion series focused on the Maryland Oyster. Participants will address the various factors that have contributed to the decline of the Chesapeake Oyster populations and will include excerpts from the SeaGrant film, "Who Killed Crassostrea virginica," as well as presentations by a lifelong Cecil County waterman and one of the founding members of the Maryland Oystermen Association, a Department of Natural Resources Research Scientist at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory, and an oyster biologist from Horn Point Laboratory.

Location:
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 North Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Contact Info:
Robert Forloney or Michelle Zacks
(410) 745-2916

March 4, 2013 @ 7:00pm

Film: Dirt! The Movie

Film with panel and world cafe discussion

Location:
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Contact Info:
Mike Snyder
(240) 522-1479

March 5, 2013 @ 6:30pm

Making Sense of the Civil War Book Discussion

In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary, Making Sense of the American Civil War is a reading and discussion series that explores literary works about the Civil War. Discuss readings from "America's War: Talking About the Civil War & Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries," an anthology by Edward L. Ayers.

Location:
Wicomico Public Library, Main Branch
122 South Division Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
Contact Info:
Mindy Mallette
(410) 749-3612 x 138

March 7, 2013

Civil War Book Discussion: "America's War Anthology" - Part Four

This is a five-part reading and discussion series, Making Sense of the Civil War, sponsored in part by the Maryland Humanities Council. Loaner copies of the book are available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the La Plata Campus library. In the fourth segment of the discussion series opposing views are offered on the study of Antietam. Neither the Union nor the Confederacy could claim a glorious victory but Civil War historians James McPherson and Gary Gallagher argue sides on a victory. McPherson sides for a Union victory while Gallagher argues on behalf of the strength of the Confederate Army. Drew Gilpin Faust’s excerpt shifts our focus from the course of battle and politics to the suffering of families and communities and asks that we broaden our vision of what took place. Free.

Location:
College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Bldg C, Rm 216
22950 Hollywood Road
Leanardtown, MD 20650
Contact Info:
(301) 934-7606

March 7, 2013 @ 6:00pm

Civil War Book Discussion

In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary, Making Sense of the American Civil War is a reading and discussion series that explores literary works about the Civil War. Copies of the selected texts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants will also take a tour of Fort McHenry. To register for this free program, contact Ranger Jim Bailey at jim_bailey@nps.gov or call 410-962-4290 Ext. 206.

Location:
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
Contact Info:
Ranger Jim Bailey
(410) 962-4290 ext 206 or email jim_bailey@nps.gov

March 8, 2013 @ 7:00pm

Making Sense of the Civil War Discussion, Part 3

A discussion based on Geraldine Brooks' novel, "March." Park Ranger, historian, and volunteer coordinator Christie Stanczak will lead the discussion.

Location:
Boonsboro Branch Library
104 Potomac Street
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Contact Info:
Patricia Wishard
(301) 739-3250 x 186

March 9, 2013

Preserving Our Musical Heritage from Britain to the Blue Ridge

The exhibit will display antique musical instruments of the era. The exhibit will include timelines of the migration of settlers to the area and their music traditions, a storyboard of Appalachian music evolution, diary entries, historical recording equipment, publications, and historical audio recordings, among others. There will be activities for school age children that will be coordinated with the local school district. Through April 8 Museum hours: Tues-Sat 10a-4p; Sun 1p-4p; Mon closed.

Location:
Allegany Museum
3 Pershing Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Contact Info:
Vic Rezendes
(301) 722-2111

March 10, 2013 @ 2:00pm

Watermen: Traditions and Perspectives

Join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for a discussion series focused on the Maryland Oyster. A panel of watermen and women present their experience-based perspectives on the history and future of Chesapeake oystering. Hear directly from these men and women what it is like to make a living under today's difficult circumstances, the changes that they have seen in their lifetimes, and their ideas about the future of the industry. An anthropologist from the University of Maryland will moderate a discussion with a retired skipjack crew member, the owner of the Bay Hundred seafood processing company, a waterman/woman couple that also oversees Solomons' Island Heritage Tours in Calvert County and others.

Location:
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 North Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Contact Info:
Robert Forloney or Michelle Zacks
(410) 745-2916

March 10, 2013 @ 1:00pm

Conference: Ballads and Song Traditions in the U.S. and Maryland

It will feature several speakers, a movie clip, and a concert. The first speaker will be Steven Winick, folklorist at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. He will talk about the collecting of ballads and music in the Appalachian Mountains. The second speaker will be Clifford Murphy, the Maryland State Folklorist from the Maryland Arts Council. His talk will center on music and collecting in the greater Maryland area. The symposium will end with a concert by Ami Fabbri an area musician.

Location:
Allegany Museum
3 Pershing Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Contact Info:
Vic Rezendes
(301) 722-2111

March 11, 2013 @ 7:00pm

Getting to the Point: Five issues, Five films

Films with panel and world cafe discussions

Location:
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Contact Info:
Mike Snyder
(240) 522-1479

March 13, 2013 @ 1:00pm

Rosalie Calvert and the War of 1812

A costumed living history presentation portrays the life of Rosalie Calvert of Riversdale Plantation. Audience members relive the drama of life during the War of 1812 as Rosalie describes the Battle of Bladensburg, the burning of Washington, and the creation of The Star-Spangled Banner. The presentation also explores the fascinating day-to-day details of running a plantation in Maryland. Mary Ann Jung has been a lead actress and Director of Renaissance History and Shakespearean Language at the Maryland Renaissance Festival for over twenty-five years. She is a Smithsonian scholar/performer and has appeared on CNN, the Today Show, and Good Morning America. Jung's living history performances include Julia Child, Clara Barton, Mistress Margaret Brent, Rosalie of Riversdale, Amelia Earhart, and Good Queen Bess. She has a B.A. in British History from the University of Maryland.

Location:
Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Contact Info:
Christine Garcia
301-314-7552

March 16, 2013 @ 2:00pm

Walking Tour - Salisbury during the Civil War

See the sights of your town, through the eyes of history. Starts at the Main Library.

Location:
Wicomico Public Library, Main Branch
122 South Division Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
Contact Info:
Mindy Mallette
(410) 749-3612 x 138

March 17, 2013 @ 2:00pm

The State of the Oyster: Possibilities and Consequences

Join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for a discussion series focused on the Maryland Oyster. A panel of watermen, oyster researches, and oyster farmers discuss the various pathways forward. This includes aquaculture, reclaiming shell and moving seed, disease research and mitigation, and sanctuaries. The focus of this final session will be on how the cultural worlds within which watermen are enmeshed can be a part of each of these proposed solutions. Participants include the Regional Specialist from the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources for University of Maryland Extension at the Wye Research & Education Center, Visce President of Hooper's Island Oyster Aquaculture Company, and watermen from Maryland Osytermen's Association and Talbot County.

Location:
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 North Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Contact Info:
Robert Forloney or Michelle Zacks
(410) 745-2916

March 19, 2013 @ 6:30pm

Making Sense of the Civil War Book Discussion

In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary, Making Sense of the American Civil War is a reading and discussion series that explores literary works about the Civil War. The discussion will feature "Crossroads to Freedom: Antietam" by James McPherson.

Location:
Wicomico Public Library, Main Branch
122 South Division Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
Contact Info:
Mindy Mallette
(410) 749-3612 x 138

March 20, 2013 @ 7:00pm

Julia Child: America's Favorite French Chef, a Living History Presentation

A chef and television star, Julia Child is frequently credited with revolutionizing the way mid-twentieth century Americans viewed food and cooking. In this costumed living history presentation, Mary Ann Jung portrays Child, who had both civilian and government careers before deciding later in life to study at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School in post World War II Paris. Come learn the story of this groundbreaking and charismatic American woman who founded her own school of French cooking and co-authored the comprehensive cookbook classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Adult and high school audiences. Mary Ann Jung has been a lead actress and Director of Renaissance History and Shakespearean Language at the Maryland Renaissance Festival for over twenty-five years. She is a Smithsonian scholar/performer and has appeared on CNN, the Today Show, and Good Morning America. Jung's living history performances include Julia Child, Clara Barton, Mistress Margaret Brent, Rosalie of Riversdale, Amelia Earhart, and Good Queen Bess. She has a B.A. in British History from the University of Maryland.

Location:
Cecil County Public Library
301 Newark Avenue
Elkton, MD 21921
Contact Info:
Mary Ellen Raun
410-996-5600

March 21, 2013 @ 1:00pm

Civil War Book Discussion

In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary, Making Sense of the American Civil War is a reading and discussion series that explores literary works about the Civil War. Copies of the selected texts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Featured readings will be "Choosing Sides" from "America's War Anthology" Part two. To register for this free program, contact Ranger Jim Bailey at jim_bailey@nps.gov or call 410-962-4290 Ext. 206.

Location:
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
Contact Info:
Ranger Jim Bailey
(410) 962-4290 ext 206 or email jim_bailey@nps.gov

March 23, 2013 @ 2:15pm

Clara Barton: Red Cross Angel, a Living History Presentation

Civil War heroine Clara Barton overcame both personal obstacles and society's narrow view of women's roles to pursue her heart's work: battlefield nursing. In this costumed living history presentation, Mary Ann Jung portrays Barton as audience members take the parts of Yankees and Rebels. Learn how Clara Barton founded the Red Cross in America and still inspires individuals to "Never Give Up!" Adult and high school audiences. Mary Ann Jung has been a lead actress and Director of Renaissance History and Shakespearean Language at the Maryland Renaissance Festival for over twenty-five years. She is a Smithsonian scholar/performer and has appeared on CNN, the Today Show, and Good Morning America. Jung's living history performances include Julia Child, Clara Barton, Mistress Margaret Brent, Rosalie of Riversdale, Amelia Earhart, and Good Queen Bess. She has a B.A. in British History from the University of Maryland.

Location:
Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Contact Info:
Catherine Baty
410-848-6494

March 23, 2013 @ 2:30pm

Charles Ball: A Living History Presentation

Vincent Leggett portrays Charles Ball, a third-generation slave from Calvert County, Maryland who, after being sold to a trader in the deep South, escaped back to his home state. Upon his return to Maryland, he acted as a free man and fought in the War of 1812 on behalf of the United States in Commodore Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Flotilla. He took part in some of the most exciting battles in the Chesapeake, including the march from Benedict to Bladensburg and the defense of Fort McHenry at the Battle of Baltimore. Ball was discharged in 1814 and published an autobiography, The Life and Adventures of Charles Ball, in 1837. Ball’s story provides a lens through which we can examine the legacy of blacks in the Chesapeake, including their role in the War of 1812.

Location:
Calvert Library
850 Costley Way
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Contact Info:
Robyn Truslow
410-535-0291

March 23, 2013 @ 11:00am

Spread the News: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake

In this era news could only move as fast as someone could physically carry the message. Mike Dixon will discuss how news and information was spread when war came to Maryland’s shores, with a fascinating look at press coverage of the major regional incidents of the War of 1812. This presentation concludes with a discussion about what has changed in the digital age, when news coverage is practically instantaneous. Mike Dixon is an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware and other area colleges where he concentrates on social history with a focus on mass media and criminal justice. He is the historian for Town of Elkton and The Historical Society of Cecil County, and he has provided start-up leadership in the development of a 62-acre living history museum in Cecil County. Mike received his M.A. in history from Washington College, his M.S. in Training and Organizational Development from St. Joseph’s University, and his B.A. in Behavioral Science from Wilmington College.

Location:
Annapolis City Hall
160 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Contact Info:
Lisa Craig
410-263-7961

March 26, 2013 @ 7:00pm

Civil War Book Discussion: "America's War Anthology" - Part Five

This is a five-part reading and discussion series, Making Sense of the Civil War, sponsored in part by the Maryland Humanities Council. Loaner copies of the book are available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the La Plata Campus library. The final conversation focuses on the emancipation of four million people who had been held in slavery for over two centuries. Following the conclusion of the war at Antietam, President Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation, allowing Frederick Douglass to rally black men to the defense of the United States because it is now fighting for their freedom. While the Gettysburg Address, given in November 1863, does not speak of slavery directly, its potent language frames the purpose of the war as freedom understood it its broadest terms. After finally being able to enlist, 200,000 African American men joined the service in just two years. Emancipation was not a single event but a long and uneven series of struggles on plantations and farms, in cities and town, all across the South. In a final essay on “Images of the War,” America’s War illuminates drawings from artists who were able to see firsthand, army camps in the midst of battle and enabled the public to picture the war as it progressed and to help us make sense of the American Civil War today. Free.

Location:
The College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus
Center for Business & Industry, BI-113E. 8730 Mitchell Road
La Plata, MD 20646
Contact Info:
(301) 934-7606

March 27, 2013 @ 1:00pm

Star-Spangled Archaeology: Commemorating the War of 1812 Through Maritime Archaeology

Maryland's Chesapeake waters conceal many hidden treasures. In her illustrated presentation, State Underwater Archaeologist Susan Langley helps us dive into submerged cultural resources that relate to the War of 1812. Langley describes the fascinating process of researching and excavating these artifacts, such as the use of electronic remote sensing technologies to search for specific vessels or to investigate the sites of maritime battles. Susan B. M. Langley is the State Underwater Archaeologist for the Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland Department of Planning. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Toronto and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary, as well as certifying in Heritage Resource Management and as a Master Spinner in textile technology. She lectures internationally on piracy, textiles, beekeeping, and culinary arts, as well as maritime archaeology, and is an adjunct professor at several Maryland universities as well as teaching SCUBA, Oxygen Provision and Emergency Response as a Master Scuba Diver Instructor.

Location:
Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Contact Info:
Christine Garcia
301-314-7552

March 28, 2013

Play with Your Food LEGOs Building Contest

Now through April 5 (all ages, with adult). To enter the contest and for official rules, please visit the Urbana Regional Library for an entry form. Note: LEGO® contest entries will be kept in a locked glass case for safe-keeping while on display. March 28-April 5 Drop off entries. April 6-12 Entry viewing and voting. April 15 Winners announced. A Frederick Reads Program: www.frederickreads.org

Location:
Urbana Regional Library
9020 Amelung Street
Urbana, MD 21704
Contact Info:
www.fcpl.org
(301) 600-7000