GUEST SPEAKER – DR. RALPH ESHELMAN
“WAR OF 1812 IN THE CHESAPEAKE”
and A LIVELY SKIT BY KITTY KNIGHT
The October Dinner Meeting of the Historical Society of Cecil County will be held on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 6:00 P.M. at the Chesapeake Inn Banquet Room, 605 2nd Street, Chesapeake City. The guest speaker will be Dr. Ralph Eshelman who has recently had the book “War of 1812 in the Chesapeake” published by Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Eshelman spent years investigating sites connected with the conflict in Maryland so as the bicentennial of this chapter of our past approaches, we are pleased to have the opportunity to hear this distinguished historian. His presentation will focus on the campaign in Maryland and our general area. “No state has more battlefields, graves or sites associated with the War,” he noted in a Washington College lecture. “Elkton and St. Michaels share the distinction of turning the British back twice.”
Dr. Eshelman was the director of the Calvert Marine Museum in Maryland from 1974 to 1990. In 1974 he received his Ph.D. in geology and vertebrate paleontology from the University of Michigan. He is currently a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. He is widely published and lectures on maritime and military history, popular exploration and paleontology. Also, he served as a consulting historian on the War of 1812 on the Chesapeake for the Maryland Historical Trust and the National Park Service.
Dr. Eshelman will have his book for sale at the special discounted price of $60.00 and will be happy to autograph your copy. He accepts cash or check.
The cost of the dinner is $30.00 per person for members and $35.00 per person for non-members. You may select between Crab Cake or Chicken Marsala. Your meal will include salad, coffee or tea and dessert.
To attend please send your check to Paula Newton, HSCC, 135 E. Main St., Elkton, MD 21921. Please make your check payable to the Historical Society of Cecil County. The deadline for reservations is October 8, 2010. This is a catered dinner making it impossible for us to take late reservations or walk-ins. If you have any questions, please call the Historical Society at 410-398-1790. In your reservation be sure to indicate your meal choice and include a telephone number.