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.

June 24th | 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.

July 22nd | 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?

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 20th | The Busted Ecology Blues


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 24th | Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War


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.

Past Speakers

Thomas Jefferson's Education


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

Dr. Alan Shaw Taylor will his 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.