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Past Events

View recordings of past lectures, seminars, tours and workshops, as well as helpful training videos on how to use various records in our collections in our free online Presentation Library.

Upcoming Events

Burt Kummerow

March Virtual Lunch and Learn - A Maryland Mosaic for the U.S. 250th Anniversary: Finding the Historical Pieces to Create a Dynamic Picture of Maryland

Thursday, March 14th, 2023 at 1:00pm
Presented by Burt Kummerow
Online Event

Think of your personal firsts: first kiss, first car, first dress-up clothes. Maryland has plenty of firsts of its own. Our state has a unique geography, a special role as a border state, and a proximity to the nation's capital, all of which has given it an outsized importance in American history.

The Maryland Four Centuries Project has curated a collection of the state's firsts, creating the Maryland Mosaic, a picture capturing Maryland's role in the American experiment. The Maryland Mosaic has collected more than 130 people, places, events, objects, documents and structures, representing all of the state's 23 counties and Baltimore City, covering every decade from 1776 to the present.

In 2026, Maryland will join the other 49 states to commemorate the country's 250th anniversary. As it approaches, the Maryland Mosaic will explore and interpret a small state with a big history.

Burt Kummerow began his history career studying Rome and Greece at the University of Maryland, College Park, but moved on to early America when he discovered it was a more fertile field than ancient history. After his graduate work, he helped found the living history movement in the United States and was a writer and popular speaker, as well as a producer for Maryland Public Television. He has been director of three important Maryland museums: Historic St. Mary's City, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick (Founding Director) and the Maryland Historical Society (now the Maryland Center for History and Culture). As the president of Historyworks, Inc., a Maryland-based historical consultancy, he was a multi-faceted public historian with a wide range of skills and experience to bring history to the general public. He is the author and co-author of five books and many articles. In 2018, he became the founding director of the Maryland's Four Centuries Project, laying the groundwork for commemorations of the 250th anniversary of American independence and beyond.

Drew Shuptar-Rayvis

April Virtual Lunch and Learn - Mayaisuwàk (They Speak in One Voice): The Oral History and History of Place of Maryland's Eastern Shore Tribal Communities and Remnant Descendants

Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 1:00pm
Presented by Drew Shuptar-Rayvis
Online Event

Meet Drew Shuptar-Rayvis (Pekatawas MakataWai'U/ Sëk Xàskwim - Black Corn) a Citizen and Cultural Ambassador of the Pocomoke Indian Nation. In 2023-2024, Drew worked for the Maryland State Archives as a research and preservation specialist under an extension of the Mayis Indigenous peoples project known as T.O.H.P. (The Oral History Project, which is also the phonetic spelling of the Algonkian word for friend) to record the oral histories, life ways, traditions and regional memories of places with Maryland's Eastern Shore tribal communities and several who are or were in the bounds of the eastern shore.

In this lecture, Drew will discuss his work with Mayis and T.O.H.P., and go into highlights from the oral history interviews, speaking of some of the joys and issues tribal communities still face, among them climate change and cultural erasure.

Drew Shuptar-Rayvis (Pekatawas MakataWai'U/ Sëk Xàskwim - Black Corn) ) holds a cum laude Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Western Connecticut State University and a Certificate Degree in Archaeology from Norwalk Community College. A true American of the mid-Atlantic region, his family includes indigenous Pocomoke, Pennsylvania Dutch, Welsh, Swiss, English, Scots Irish, Boyko Ukrainian, and Ashkenazi/Sephardic Jewish heritage. He honors all of his ancestors as a practicing living historian and regularly participates in colonial-era reenactments, interpretations, and public educational events.

He works diligently in the research and preservation of the Eastern Woodland languages, particularly Renape, Nanticoke, and Southern Unami Dialect. He is also educated in the many European languages in use during the Colonial period. He was the first garden manager of Western Connecticut State University's Permaculture Garden, and practices Native horticulture. In July 2021, Drew was elected Cultural Ambassador of the Pocomoke Indian Nation of Maryland.

Drew currently works for the Maryland State Archives as a research and preservation specialist, working with tribal oral histories and lifeways, as well as an Algonkian historical consultant with the New Amsterdam History Center and. He has also been featured in various historical films and has modeled for historical artists Don Troiani, Michael Keropian and David Hasseler.

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