Sotterley's Vault

Historic Sotterley utilizes the power of its descendants, stories, buildings, and land to experience our past and connect relevance to our world today.  Sotterley embraces its responsibility to interpret all aspects of our shared history with honesty and integrity. Anyone can easily access Sotterley's educational assets here, free to the public, presented through oral histories, filmed presentations, and Facebook Live Events.   Sotterley endeavors to use the reality of our shared history to help build a better future.

Past Common Ground Events

WebinarJam (2)
WebinarJam (3)
Slave Cabin UNESCO

Facebook Live: The Big Picture

Slave Stampede

September 17, 2020

Slave Runaway Ads

September 10, 2020

The Canadian Connection

September 3, 2020

Women's Work

August 27, 2020

Voyage to Sotterley on a Slave Ship!

August 20, 2020

Where Are They Buried?

August 13, 2020

Weather Pastcast!

August 6, 2020

Sotterley’s War With Suffrage

July 31, 2020

Infamously Famous!

July 23, 2020

Children of Sotterley

July 16, 2020

Herbert Satterlee's Romance with History Part 1

July 9, 2020


July 2, 2020

Forgetting Our Past at Our Peril

June 25, 2020

Culture Shock! Personal and Positive

June 18, 2020

The Art of Perspective

June 11, 2020

Civil War and Slavery’s Aftermath

June 4, 2020

Sotterley 1812

May 28, 2020

Seeing Signs

May 14, 2020

Land, Lives, and Labor

May 7, 2020

If These Walls Could Talk

April 30, 2020

Cabin Fever

April 23, 2020

Stories from Ancestors

April 16, 2020

The Big Picture

April 9, 2020

Past Speaker Series


The Busted Ecology Blues

Speaker Series (1)

Fred Tutman, Native Son, Activist, Riverkeeper

The history of the Patuxent conservation and cleanup movement through the 1980’s was one of the few watershed successes to be found in the Chesapeake Bay region. Now, thirty years later, “Maryland’s River,” is failing again.  What worked when the Patuxent Preservation movement started out, and what does the river’s legacy, sustainability, and future look like today?

The Life and Legacy of Harriet Tubman

Speaker Series (1)

Angela Crenshaw, Maryland State Ranger

The Life and Legacy of Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman is the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, and while many of us know she spent her early years in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, there is much more to her life.  Discover the importance and influence that faith, family, community, and the landscape had on one of the most formidable women in American history.

Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History


Dr. Richard Bell, Author,

Associate Professor of History

Everyone knows Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical, Hamilton, is surely among the most popular works to hit Broadway in recent memory...but how historically accurate is it? What does this landmark musical get right -- and get wrong -- about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, the birth of the United States, and well, history, as we know it?


Diving for History: Never Too Old to Play in The Mud


David Howe, Secretary, Institute of Maritime History, Retired Admiralty Lawyer

Conducting underwater archaeological reconnaissance, David Howe discusses his work to locate, research, assess, and preserve submerged historic sites.  From Washington’s  miniature ship, The Federalist, to numerous Civil War sites, Mr. Howe shares the methods, mission, and madness associated with mapping and identifying the underwater “museums” that haunt the Mid-Atlantic waterways.

Thomas Jefferson's Education


Dr. Alan Shaw Taylor, American Historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Dr. Alan Shaw Taylor will discuss his newest work: a brilliant, absorbing study of Thomas Jefferson’s campaign to save Virginia through education. In turns entertaining and tragic, this beautifully written history reveals the origins of a great university in the dilemmas of Virginia slavery. If offers an incisive portrait of Thomas Jefferson set against a social fabric of planters in decline, enslaved black families torn apart by sales, and a hair-trigger code of male honor.