September 15th, 2010
We live in a wonderful area of the country where so much of our nation’s history occurred. This fall you have a great opportunity to hear about a variety of historical events—all for free at your Cecil County Public Library! Here’s a brief rundown of what’s in store for the next two months:
The War of 1812 was fought in our own backyards. In fact, some Cecil County residents are still finding musket balls on their property! Come to the Elkton Central Library on September 15th at 7 pm, when author David Healey will describe The War of 1812 on the Upper Chesapeake.
There aren’t too many boundaries that have more history, geography and human impacts than the Mason-Dixon Line. On September 20th at 6:30 pm at the Chesapeake City Branch, author Bill Ecenbarger will regale us with some of the many stories he gathered while researching his book, Walkin’ the Line.
Made up of Delaware and portions of Virginia and Maryland (including part of Cecil County), the cleverly-named Delmarva Peninsula is a unique region with a quirky history. David Healey, author of Delmarva Legends and Lore, will be on hand at three branches to introduce us to some interesting historical characters. (North East Branch September 21st, Cecilton Branch October 12th, and Chesapeake City Branch October 25th)
It’s hard to believe, but in the mid-1800s the Octoraro Branch Railroad was a major influence in the “village” of Rising Sun. On September 29th at the Rising Sun Branch, historian Mike Dixon will share photos and tell us what the town was like during the lifespan of the Octoraro Branch.
Did you ever get the feeling that your furniture has a mind of its own? Maybe you have a ghost…! On October 19th at the Perryville Branch, local rare books and antiques dealer, John Klisavage, will share historical stories of ghosts, Haunted Objects and local hauntings.
If you’re mainly interested in your own family history there are a couple of programs you won’t want to miss: On September 18th at the North East Branch, Mike Dixon will present information on how to preserve old family photos and relics in Saving Family Treasures. Also at the North East Branch on October 23rd, become one of the Genealogy Detectives and exchange ideas on how to research family history with others who are interested in genealogy.
Whatever your background, you’re sure to find an historical program to interest you this fall at the library. What local history interests you?