Terry Phillips Lecture

ReDiscovering Delmarva FREE Series

 

The third lecture in this year’s lecture series on Delmarva history will be delivered by Terry Phillips, formerly of Sharptown, on June 14 at 2:30 in the MAC center off Snow Hill Rd. in Salisbury. His topic will be an examination of the development of the road system on the lower Eastern Shore. 

Mr. Phillips has strong local roots to the area, having grown up in Sharptown and graduating from Mardela High School. He went on to University of Maryland, College Park where he trained as a biologist and environmental scientist, earned a Master of Science in Molecular Biology from Univ. of Md. Baltimore County, and another M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins. His last employment was as Database Manager for the Maryland Dept. of Environment, Lead Paint Enforcement Program. Previous to that he owned a contracting company with one of his two best friends from Sharptown, Gary Stokes. 

After retirement in 2010, Mr. Phillips became serious about researching his family history. As he puts it, “Because virtually everyone down home is related, my interests quickly grew to include the history of the larger community of northwestern Wicomico County and southwestern Sussex County.”  That led his attention to focus on roads. How did the two chief branches of his family ancestry find their way to each other? Realizing there were no good maps showing roads on Delmarva before ca1750, he first focused on the factors that influenced the formation of a road network, and then later on the hierarchy that evolved among roads connecting commerce and markets. This is a fascinating topic, often overlooked by historians. 

The lecture will begin at 2:30 in the Bradford Room of the MAC center, 909 Progress Circle, just off Snow Hill Road in Salisbury. The series is offered by the Westside Historical Society, and is free and open to the public. Parking will be readily available at the MAC center. For more information, those interested can email Sylvia Bradley, Dir. Of Westside Historical Society, at westsidehistorical@gmail.com or phone 410-726-8047, or visit the Society’s web site at www.westsidehistorical.com .  

VINTAGE BASEBALL RETURNS TO PEMBERTON PARK JUNE 3

It’s time once again for the “cranks” [fans] to warm up their “huzzahs!” , pick up their “willows” [bats] and “apples” [ balls] and come out for a great afternoon of Vintage Baseball at  Pemberton Historical Park.  For the second year Westside Historical Society, in conjunction with Pemberton Hall Foundation and the Historical Park join in welcoming Mid-Atlantic Vintage Baseball to the Lower Shore!  Talbot Fair Plays from Easton and the Lewes Vintage Base Ball clubs will be playing a double header on the fields in front of Pemberton Hall. And, some of our own local fellows might join in the fun!  

  The first game will begin about 12, so we recommend that you  arrive, lawn chair in hand, about 11’ish to grab a “front row” seat! There will be food supplied by a local vendor, and Pemberton Hall will be open for tours of this beautiful 18th century “great house”.  Admission of $5 per car will be divided between Westside Historical Society and Pemberton Hall Fdn. to support their efforts to enhance the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the rich history of this Lower Eastern Shore.  And this early version of the country’s first “national pastime” is a real part of that.  This version is played without the usual glove, the object is not to prevent the “striker” [batter] from hitting the ball, and the score may run into double figures!  Even the The “uniforms” are of the type worn by the originators of the game in the 1800sm  and the language follows the original lingo.  Not to fear, a program will point out many of these difference, and very soon you will be using these colorful old terms to cheer on your team!  

 This is a great way to spend a summer afternoon.  Fun for young and old!  For more information, email us at westsidehistorical@gmail.com  or phone 410-726-8047  or contact Pemberton Hall at 410-5465-0314. Huzzah!!

MILITARY BANNER PROGRAM RETURn to STREETS OF MARDELA SPRINGS

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MILITARY BANNER PROGRAM RETURNING TO STREETS OF MARDELA SPRINGS

The popular banners honoring local Delmarva men and women who served in our nation’s military services will be returning to the small town of Mardela Springs soon. 

For those who purchased banners last year, this will mark the second year their loved ones will be so honored. Veterans may have served at any time in our nation’s history (last year’s oldest was a World War One vet) or may be currently in service. For any who did not purchase banners last year, the opportunity to do so is now returning. Chairman Charles Echard Jr. is accepting applications, which can be found on Westside Historical Society’s web site, www.Barrencreekheritage.org or is available by emailing westsidehistorical@gmail.com or phoning 410-726-8047 or 443-783-9612. Echard hopes to have the banners mounted on the light poles along Main and Bridge (perhaps more this year) Streets by Memorial Day. It takes approximately two weeks from the time the application is received to get the large (plus two smaller) banners returned and ready for display. Veterans do not have to be Mardela Springs natives. Veterans honored with banners last year were from all over the lower Shore.  In addition to the large 2’x3’ banner hung in town, each purchaser also receives two smaller banners (1’x1.5’), all on heavy vinyl, which can be displayed any way the family wishes. Large banners will be displayed for three years. To view more about this program as it has been done in other towns around the country, visit www.TroopBanners.com .  

The cost for the three banners, and for materials needed for hanging them, is $100. A good quality photograph is requested, but if no photo is available, a silhouette can be substituted on the banners. All submitted photos will be returned, unharmed, to the applicant. 

Authors on Delmarva Series Returns with Book Talk

Event Date: April 20, 2018

 

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Authors on Delmarva Series Returns with Book Talk by Jim Duffy  

The popular series of “book talks” by authors who live on Delmarva and write about Delmarva will begin its 2018 offerings with Jim Duffy, author of Tubman’s Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva. Host of the series again this year is Layton’s Chance Winery, near Vienna, and this first program will begin at 4:30 with a meet and greet the author on April 20. 

This is author Jim Duffy’s second travel-style book, but this one has a special appeal. Building on the great popularity of the Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center and the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center, Duffy’s book not only includes stories from the lives of Tubman and Frederick Douglass, but other lesser-known figures who took their own journeys to freedom. In 32 chapters he highlights the heroic stories of people from Cambridge, Easton, Denton, Dover, Seaford and more Delmarva settings. In his own words, Duffy explained, My goal in Tubman Travels is to tell these stories in fresh, engaging ways so that readers can get an up-close-and-personal feel for the times and for the people who embarked on these remarkable journeys.  This promises to be a mesmerizing talk you won’t want to miss! 

This series is offered by Westside Historical Society as part of their mission to preserve and promote the rich heritage of the Nanticoke watershed/western Wicomico area. Programs begin with a meet-and-greet the author followed by an informal talk about his work. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and comment and participate in the discussion.  There will be an opportunity to buy copies of the featured book at the end of the program.  This series is free and light refreshments are provided. For more information email westsidehistorical@gmail.com , phone Westside Hist. Soc. At 410-726-8047 or Laura Layton at 410-228-1205.  

Family History on Delmarva Workshop

Event Date Starts: April 24, 2018

 

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Family History on Delmarva Workshop Starts in April

Are you a born-here or a come-here? Do you have Delmarva Roots, or are you just beginning to put out shoots? Can you name your fourth-great-grandfather? Are you still trying to find your great-grandmother? 

On April 24, 2018 Westside Historical Society will begin its third year offering a workshop and research classes in local and family history on the Lower Eastern Shore. Basic genealogy and research techniques as well as opportunities to delve into your own family’s history will be offered. Registration is open now for the four-session workshop. The program includes hands-on learning/research sessions with one-on-one instruction by Dr. Ray Thompson and Prof. Sylvia Bradley, both retired Salisbury University professors. The use of Westside Historical Society’s Family History Research Library will be available to participants throughout the summer and fall, and visits to other local Shore Repositories/Libraries also will be arranged. A Manual/Workbook with research exercises and informative materials will be provided to each research participant. Individual interests of the participants will be a key part of the program’s classes.

The four session topics will focus on: One -- Getting Started – from Wherever You are;  Two – Sources, Where They Are and How to Use Them; Three – Problems You Might Confront and How to Break Down Brick Walls; Four – What You Can Learn From Old Photos, Clothing, Knick-Knacks & More. Participants who have already begun to explore their family history are encouraged to bring in any special questions and problems. 

Sessions begin at 10:30 and run to 2:00, with a break for lunch; participants can bring lunch or send out. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Parking is available beside the Westside Historical Society or across the street. 

The cost of the four workshop sessions, including workbooks and other materials is $50 per person, and there is no cost for using the research library at Westside Historical Society individually. Participants who pre-register will receive the Finding Your Family History Workbook on April 26; other registrants may receive the workbook later. Registration forms can be requested via email – go to westsidehistorical@gmail.com or phone 410-726-8047 or mail us at Westside Historical Society, P.O. Box 194, Mardela Springs, MD 21837. Registration forms and fee should be mailed to us by April 17.  Email or phone for more information. 

New Lecture Series Explores Delmarva History

Event Date: April 26, 2018

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New Lecture Series Explores Delmarva History

A new series, Exploring Delmarva’s Past, will debut in Mardela Springs on April 26. Guest lecturers will share their research, conclusions, and questions yet-unanswered about this land between the Ocean and Bay. This series is offered as part of Westside Historical Society’s Program in Family and Local History.

The first talk, “Early Maps of Delmarva and What They Reveal About Early Settlers,” will be delivered by Mike Hitch, well known for his local research on early families and ground breaking research on mapping all the early patents of the lower eastern shore of Md and Delaware with his colleague John Lyon.  Some of the earliest maps include a wide variety of information valuable to family historians, genealogists, and historians, but often are overlooked by researchers.  Following the talk, members of the audience are invited to ask questions, make comments, and join in a discussion of the topic. 

Hitch, a local genealogist and historian, also has written a book on Adam Hitch, his immigrant ancestor based on early records, and most recently he has co-authored “OH Lordy!” a civil war narrative using the letters of Young H.E. Hitch of the 16th South Carolina Volunteers.  Hitch is a well-known speaker on local history topics and family history and is the chair of the Nabb Research Center Board. 

This series, new this year, is expected to become an annual offering. Following this lecture will be talks on May 17 by Dr. Ray Thompson on Boundary Disputes: Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware” examining Delmarva’s changing face through those disputes; on June 14 Terry Phillips will discuss Roads – From trails and waterways to defined links across the peninsula; on September 13 Newell Quinton and Rudy Stanley talk about The Proud History of San Domingo: A Pre-Civil War Community Created by Free African-Americans; and on Oct. 18 Sylvia Bradley speaks on The Lure of the West – Eastern Shoremen Who Travelled ‘Way Out Yonder’!

All lectures will be in the historic Barren Creek Springs Church at 110 Main St., in Mardela Springs, and are free and open to the public. Parking is available on site or across the street.  Unless otherwise noted, lectures will begin at 2:30, usually on Thursdays. Westside Historical Society works to preserve and promote the rich heritage of western Wicomico County and the Nanticoke River watershed. They maintain a museum, Office, and a Research Library and archival collections at 413 Main St. in Mardela Springs. Reach them by phone at 410-726-8047, email westsidehistorical@gmail.com , on the web at www: westsidehistorical.com and like them on Facebook. 

Mardela Pride Day to Celebrate Town’s Sports Traditions

Event Date: May 19, 2018

 

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Mardela Pride Day to Celebrate Town’s Sports Traditions

On May 19 Westside Historical Society will end a 30-year celebration tradition – the Westside Heritage Festival – and begin a new one. This one revives a tradition which began in the western part of Wicomico, especially in Mardela Springs, in the 1920s and survived into the 1950s. We’re talking BASEBALL, folks! For three+ decades, this rural area joined with the rest of the nation in going a little crazy for Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and scores of other national heroes of the “diamond,” AS WELL AS our very own Delmarva boys. Towns from Mardela, Hebron, Vienna, Salisbury, and all over lower Delmarva produced players, fans, umps & referees.  And they were good! In the mid-50s the enthusiasm for local teams began to fade, probably brought on at least partially by the new availability via TV of national teams. And the new Bay Bridge made it easier to travel to Baltimore or Washington for an afternoon of national league Orioles or Senators ball. But the local tradition, and the pride small towns associated with their own teams, lived on in stories about the personalities of local players, of locals who were drafted by “the big leagues,” of fun times at “Depression Park” or other parks. 

In Mardela Springs the team acquired such a great reputation (they were nicknamed the “Mardela Yankees”) that players from all the surrounding towns often competed to win a spot on the team. 

So, it is that this spring’s “festival” will highlight the NEW generation of young baseball, and softball, players in Mardela Springs. In recent years local players, both youths and young adults, have fielded enthusiastic softball teams. The baseball diamond of the 1930s-40s was abandoned years ago, and the centerpiece of a new town athletic park created in the early ‘50s was not a baseball but a softball field. Two reasons explained this shift from a town baseball to softball facility. One, much of the financing of the park came from private funds donated by resident Mrs. George Waller, who wanted to have an in-town place for young folks to play. Two, the high-school at the edge of town had a regulation size baseball diamond but no softball field. But needs evolve. 

Today, youngsters in the Mardela area hoping to master baseball’s fundamentals before they become teenagers find access seriously limited; the nearest teams are too far in miles or travel time.  Dr. Dave Reeder of Mardela has done something about that. He has led the effort to organize an official youth team, under the auspices of the Babe Ruth League, that will play in the town park again. The size of the softball field, while inadequate for adult baseball, is just suited for youth baseball. AND the Mardela Recreation Council’s softball teams will continue the to play there as well!  It seemed to be a perfect time for Westside Historical Society to join in a recognition of the importance of this tradition in western Wicomico County, and give it the new name Mardela Pride Day!  

Beginning at 10:30 the Park gates will open. There is no admission, and parking will be in front of the Fire Station across from the Recreation Park. Opening ceremonies will be followed by the start of the game at approximately 11:00. The Mardela Recreation Commission will serve food from the concession stand; there will be games and activities for youngsters in the park area, music, and the perfect opportunity for families who have often made the Festival the perfect place to hold a family reunion! Desserts and sweets will be sold by the Westside Hist. Soc., tee shirts and other items sold by the Rec. Comm. and the Mardela Baseball team, and demonstrations by Civil War recruiters. The Barren Creek Heritage Museum will be open for guided tours from 9 to 11, admission free.