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Spring 2012 Events


Main Street Salisbury

Exhibit, Nabb Center Gallery

Aug. 29-May 25

Explore the turn-of-the-20th-century business district of Salisbury, MD. Discover Main Street Salisbury through artifacts and photographs from Nabb Center archives. This exhibit is co-sponsored by DiCarlo Digital Copying Center.



Exhibit, Nabb Center Gallery

 October 17-May 25

On October 17, 1886, Salisbury was decimated by the most powerful fire in city history. Two hundred buildings were destroyed and twenty-two acres of the center of Salisbury were burned. Exhibit will feature images of the 1886 fire.


Harriet Tubman's Journeys: New Research and Fresh Interpretations of an American Icon

Lecture, Wicomico Room, Guerrieri Center

Wednesday, February 1, 7pm

Recent discoveries have expanded our knowledge and understandings of the nature of Harriet Tubman's life experiences.  The documentary record of her story continues to grow, enabling new and fresh interpretations about one of our nation's most remarkable freedom fighters. Come and hear historian and scholar Kate Clifford Larson discuss Tubman's extraordinary life, and learn about some of the new research that is rewriting her remarkable story. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Multi-Cultural Student Services. This is a Cultural Laureate Event.


Delmarva History Series: Frederick Douglass

Discussion, Nabb Center Gallery

Tuesday, February 21, 3-4:30pm

Co-sponsored by the President’s Office, the Fulton School of Liberal Arts, and the Nabb Research Center, the Delmarva History Series offers a unique look into the lives of Eastern Shore men of the 18th-20th centuries.  This series focuses on the lives of individuals who brought about change on the Eastern Shore and will include insights into the lives of businessmen, philanthropists, abolitionists, ambassadors, ministers, and governors from the Eastern Shore.  Some of the presentations will be lecture-oriented, others will be book discussions. 

The inaugural event in the Series will take place at 3:30pm on February 21 at the Nabb Research Center Gallery.  The first individual in the series will be Frederick Douglass, a fugitive slave, abolitionist, author, ambassador and lay minister. Dr. Clara Small, professor of History, will speak on the life and times of Frederick Douglass and lead the book discussion on Douglass’ autobiography. The discussion series is free and open to the public. Copies of the autobiography will be made available to participants in the discussion. 


Frederick Douglass Living History

Performance, Wicomico Room, Guerrieri Center

Tuesday, February 21, 7pm

Master Motivational Story Speaker Bill Grimmette steps back in time as Frederick Douglass to tell the story of the famous abolitionist and Eastern Shore Native. As the Past President of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Grimmette has performed as Frederick Douglass at numerous institutions including the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Multi-Cultural Student Services. This is a Cultural Laureate Event.


Ye Bare, Ye Cubbe

Lecture, Fulton Hall Black Box Theatre

Sunday, February 26, 1:30pm

In conjunction with the Theater Department’s presentation “The Play in August”, Dr. G. Ray Thompson, professor of History and Director of the Nabb Research Center, will introduce attendees to the general ambience on the Eastern Shore during the mid-seventeenth century, a locale rife with religious, political, social and economic strife, which lead to the creation of the first play in colonial America---a biting satirical work called “Ye Bare and Ye Cubbe”. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance.


The Storm of ‘62

Online Exhibit

March 6-June 30 http://nabbhistory.salisbury.edu/archives/exhibits/digitalexhibits.asp

From March 6-March 8, 1962 a deadly storm hit the Mid-Atlantic coast. Considered one of the ten worst storms in the United States in the 20th century, this storm caused numerous injuries and deaths, and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage. This online exhibit will show the destructive nature of the storm on the Delmarva region.


Delaware and the Civil War with Stan Williams

Lecture, Nabb Center Gallery

Thursday, March 8, 7pm

Called a Border State during the Civil War, lower Delaware had a surprisingly vocal Confederate presence.  Many of the leaders of Delaware were slave holders and/or sympathizers with the Southern view.  Williams provides insight into the lives of some of the “movers and shakers” of Sussex County and of their involvement in the Civil War. 


Delmarva History Series: The Eastern Shore and Its Role in the War of 1812 with Ross Kimmel

Lecture, Nabb Center Gallery

Thursday, March 29, 7pm

To many Americans, the War of 1812 was the second War of Independence. Much of the War took place locally, in the Chesapeake Bay area, with St. Michaels, MD, Lewes, DE, and Tangier Island, VA, seeing action. Eastern Shore figures such as Levin Winder, wartime governor of Maryland and Joshua Thomas, the “parson of the islands” played important roles in this not-well remembered conflict between Britain and her former upstart colony in America.


The Tide Rises: Sea Level Change through Time on the Eastern Shore with Dr. Beth Ragan

Lecture, Nabb Center Gallery

Thursday, April 12, 7pm

Dire predictions have been made about how rising sea levels caused by global warming might affect Delmarva.  How real is the threat?  While the future is always uncertain, we can look back at the past to see the interplay of land and water over thousands of years, and how changes have impacted the people living here—and the archaeological evidence for that past.


"Step Back in Time"

Fundraiser, Bistro, The Commons

Saturday, April 21, 6-9pm

The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone, the Nabb Center will celebrate with an event to celebrate 30 years of preserving Delmarva history and culture. Tickets are $75. Make checks payable to Salisbury University Foundation, Inc. For more information visit www.facebook.com/nabbresearchcenter





               Nabb Research Center Student Internships
The Nabb Research Center offers four internship opportunities. These internships include: Archival Management, Educational Studies, Exhibit Design, and Public Relations. Also included are internships through
the CMAT, English, and History departments. To learn more, please visit our site.

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