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Friday, May 04, 2018

“Re-Discovering Delmarva’s Past” Series Presents New Lecture on May 17

“Re-Discovering Delmarva’s Past” Series Presents New Lecture on May 17
Dr. G. Ray Thompson will offer the second lecture in this popular series exploring the early history of Delmarva on May 17, beginning at 2:30 in the Bradford Room at the MAC Center on Snow Hill Road in Salisbury. This is a new location for Westside Historical Society, producers of this series, moving from the Barren Creek Springs Church in Mardela.

Thompson, well known to local audiences for his expertise in local history, will be discussing "Mapping Delmarva: Eastern Shore Boundary Disputes". The presentation will introduce maps which help visualize the Eastern Shore boundary disputes between Virginia with Maryland, between Maryland and Pennsylvania, and between Maryland and Delaware including discussion of the Transpeninsular and Mason Dixon surveys. He also will be looking at the evolution of the map of Delmarva from the 17th century controversies until the 20th century court decisions stabilizing boundary lines.

Dr. G Ray Thompson is a frequent speaker on local history topics. Emeritus professor of history, former chair of the history department of Salisbury University and co-founder and past director of the Edward H Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, Thompson is an active member of many historic organizations on the lower eastern shore, including Westside Historical Society, the Wicomico Historical Society, Preservation Trust of Wicomico, Inc., Wicomico County Historic Properties, Inc., Wicomico County Historic District Commission, Historic St Martin’s Church Foundation, Rackliffe House Foundation, Julia A. Purnell Museum, Double Mills Historic Site, and Handsell House Historic Site.

The series is offered by the Westside Historical Society, and is free and open to the public. Parking will be readily available at the MAC center, 909 Progress Circle, just off Snow Hill Road in Salisbury. For more information, those interested can email Sylvia Bradley, Dir. Of Westside Historical Society, at or phone 410-726-8047.

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