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LESHC 15th Annual Meeting
The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area is pleased to announce their 15th Annual Luncheon Meeting & Heritage Awards, Wednesday April 29, 2015 at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center Flanders Room in Salisbury, MD from 10:30am to 1:15pm. Venue includes luncheon, silent auction fundraiser, 20 mini grant project exhibits and Heritage Award honors.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Susan B.M.Langley, the State of Maryland Underwater Archaeologist and Director of the Maryland Maritime Archaeology Program within the SHPOs Office of Preservation Services. She will be speaking on Pirates of the Chesapeake.

Dr. Susan Langley currently Chairs and holds the Archaeological Research seat for the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary’s Advisory Council, and is Co-Chair of the Geographic Planning Workgroup for emergency response contingency planning, which coordinates federal, State, regional and local agencies. Dr. Langley is an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities, where she teaches underwater archaeology and the history of piracy. She also taught maritime archaeology in Thailand for several years for the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) which is part of UNESCO. Dr. Langley is also an active scuba instructor and lectures through the Maryland Humanities Council Speakers Bureau and internationally on a broad range of subjects, including bees and beekeeping as she is the beekeeper for the hive at Government House.

Early bird pricing of $25 for individual registration until March 31 and $30 starting April 1. Deadline is April 24. Advance payments only. Sponsorships are available at various levels from $100 and up. Items for the silent auction fundraiser are also being sought. All are great ways to promote your business, organization or bring a group of friends, while supporting a great cause. Deadline for sponsorships and silent auction items is April 20.

You may mail a check, pay cash in our office or pay online via credit card right now with Eventbrite. Checks may be mailed to LESHC, 212 W Main St, Suite 309, Salisbury, MD 21801. Contact 410 677-4706, email leshc1@aol.com to learn more about our Annual Meeting or to register.
All proceeds go to support the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area Council which is a non-profit 501©3. LESHC is one of 13 certified Heritage Areas in the State of Maryland , funded in part by MHAA and works to promote, preserve and protect the culture and heritage of the lower eastern shore.
 
This Month
In Delmarva History
May 1, 1774
During this month, a commercial British vessel the Severn, on its way to Philadelphia sank during in a storm in the Roosevelt Inlet at Lewes, Delaware.

May 6, 1916
First ship-to-shore radio telephone voice conversation from USS New Hampshire off Virginia Capes to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels in Washington, DC.

May 7, 1779
Continental Navy sloop Providence captures British brig Diligent off Cape Charles, Virginia.

May 14, 1963
Gloria Richardson, one of the founders of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee, was arrested for trespassing when attempting to be served at a local restaurant in Cambridge, Maryland. This and other events set off a series of riots which resulted in the Maryland National Guard being brought in through May 1965.

May 20, 1815
Commodore Stephen Decatur native of Berlin (Sinepuxent), Maryland, sails with 10 ships to suppress Mediterranean pirates' raids on U.S. shipping.

May 23, 1774
Chestertown Tea Party! In solidarity with Boston's response to British taxes, the citizens of Chestertown, Maryland enacted a set of "Resolves" forbidding all sale and use of tea in Chestertown. In broad daylight and without disguise they boarded the British brigantine the Geddes and dumped her cargo of tea in their harbor.

May 25, 1798
The HMS DeBraak, a Sloop-of-War of the Dutch Royal Navy, sank off Cape Henlopen after "a sudden flaw of wind" losing thirty-five of her crew, and twelve Spanish prisoners.

May 30, 1814
The Battle of Pungoteague or the Battle of Rumley's Gut was fought by Lower Shore Virginia militias against the British who had occupied Tangier Island and were said to be training slaves to invade the mainland.
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