Since another winter storm is impacting the area again this Monday morning (March 3, 2014), Cecil County’s history and genealogy library is closed.
The Society is closed for President’s Day, Monday, February 17, 2014.
The Society is closed Thursday, February 13, 2014, as another winter storm passed through the area.
Although an overnight accumulation of snow has caused delayed openings in schools this morning, Cecil County’s history and genealogy library at the Historical Society will be open today, Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Due to the forecast for inclement weather, the Historical Society is closed today, Monday, February 3, 2014.
Jo Ann Gardner, one of our volunteers, has been producing brief videos of Cecil County history to share with our audience. Since we are presently in the middle of a polar vortex that is creating some frigid January nights, she thought this one would be appropriate as the weather brought to mind the winter of 1852. That year so long ago, the Susquehanna and the Chesapeake Bay froze over and thermometer plummeted to minus seven degrees in Elkton. Enjoy this flashback in time.
The area is still recovering from the storm and frigid conditions overnight have resulted in refreezing on area roadways. Also schools have a delayed opening. Thus the Society will be closed today.
The Society is closed Monday, January 20, 2014 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
For the full calendar of holiday closings, click here.
The Historical Society of Cecil County’s Winter Speakers Series continues on Saturday, February 1, 2014, with a talk on Early Black Methodism on Delmarva by Syl Woolford.
John Wesley, in his vision of the Methodist Episcopal Church, established a denomination in which all human beings were considered equal. When his disciples, Francis Asbury, Richard Whatcoat and Thomas Coke, came to America to convert the early Americans to Methodism, they included the plantations and the slaves as part of their circuit rides. Slaves accounted for 25 percent of the converts to early Methodism.
This story of early African-American preachers such as Richard Allen, Peter Spencer, Absalom Jones, “Daddy” Moses and Harry Hosier riding from camp meeting to camp meeting while creating some of the great Methodist denominations of today is a part of history that is examined and celebrated in this lecture.
Syl Woolford is a native Delawarean and he resides in Newark. He is a graduate of Delaware State University with a BS Degree in Business Administration/Accounting and a graduate of Rutgers University with an MBA in Marketing. He has recently retired from a career in accounting and sales.
The speaker’s interest in history began with researching his own family history. He traced his mother’s family, the Saunders Family, for 200 years in the city of Newark, Delaware. Most recently, he has traced the Woolford side of his family back to Dorchester County, Maryland and made a connection with Harriet Tubman’s legendary efforts in free slaves in Dorchester County.
The scholar and genealogist has spent a great deal of time making discoveries about African-American history on the Delmarva Peninsula. His investigations and popular lectures include the United States Colored Troops, the Dover Eight, the Iron Hill Community Genealogy Project, and many more subjects.
The program, which takes places at the Society’s library at 135 E. Main Street, is free. No reservations are required.
This afternoon at the Historical Society of Cecil County Emily Kilby talked about mysteries, puzzles and other wonderments from the past for the monthly winter lecture. In the program, “Reconstructing 100 Ruins,” the retired magazine editor explained how clusters of crumbling stone ruins and other physical surviving evidence from centuries ago got her attention as she strolled the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area. Curious about the narrative behind these old artifacts, Emily asked questions but there were few answers.
The more she wondered about these bygone curiosities the more convinced Emily became that she needed to look into the matter. So the writer took a systematic, scholarly approach, an in-depth exploration of a previously unstudied subject in a scenic region of Cecil County. Emily spent many weeks pouring over original, largely untapped sources materials, such as old pictures, maps, court documents, census registers, and family papers, and these provided original insights, slowly revealing lost histories of abandoned properties within the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management area.
In this lively program attended by 50 people she talked about the sparks that raised her interest, the chase for evidence from long ago, and the investigative methods that provided the evidence to piece together the puzzle of 100 ruins at Fair Hill. The audience was engaged, and once the formal remarks wrapped up they had plenty of questions for the researcher.
Thank you Emily Kilby for an outstanding program.