Speaker Series

This year’s Speaker Series will be offered virtually and some may also be offered in person depending on community guidelines later this year. Links will be available the week of the event and a replay will be available shortly after. Registration is required to participate.

For the 13th season, this series is a FREE public event, made possible by the generous sponsorship of The Boeing Company! We are grateful for your support.


August 26th | The Life and Legacy of Harriet Tubman


Angela Crenshaw, Maryland Park Ranger, Harriet Tubman Museum

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.

September 23th | 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?

October 14th | The Power of US: What Happens When Historical Narratives Are Corrected?


Christy Coleman, Executive Director, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

The history we teach has evolved over time and the reason is simple, we have changed. With those changes come a responsibility to explore what history can teach us about the current state of affairs. When that history is incomplete, or deliberately leaves out elements of conflict, we fail to get an accurate view that causes far more harm than good. As a public historian, Coleman feels her job is to lay out stories you may not have considered or heard before and provide an environment where people can learn and explore.

November 4th | Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War

Speaker Series (2)

Candice Sky Hooper, Author, Emeritus Board Member, Lincoln’s Cottage

The story of the American Civil War is not complete without examining the extraordinary and influential lives of the wives of Abraham Lincoln's top generals. They were their husbands' closest confidantes and had a profound impact on the generals' ambitions and actions. Most important, the women's own attitudes toward, and relationships with, Lincoln had major historical significance.