Series Explores Maryland History

November 07, 1990

"Vignettes of Maryland: Past and Present" is the theme of this year's history dinner-lecture series co-sponsored by Ann Arundel County Trust for Preservation and the Friends of St. John's College.

The evening begins with a candlelight dinner at 7 p.m. in Randall Hall, St. John's College, Annapolis.

The lectures begin at 8 p.m. in the FSK Auditorium at the college, and reservations for the $12 dinners are required by the Wednesday preceding the lecture.

The remaining lectures, running March, include the following topics.

On Nov. 27, "Boom and Bust: A History of the Chesapeake Oyster Fishery" will be the second lecture in the series. Delivered by L. Eugene Cronin, a popular local consultant on coastal matters, will trace the use of Bay Oysters from the pre-Colonial period to its recent serious decline.

Jan. 15 brings Al Luckenbach's lecture on "Thirteen thousand years of Anne Arundel County: An Archaeologist's View." Luckenbach, a county archaeologist, will speak on this area's native American culture, as well as pre-historic and historic archaeology.

Professor Craig L. Symonds, chairman of the history department at the U.S. Naval Academy, will speak on "Maryland and the Civil War" on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Symonds will discuss military campaigns in Maryland with an eye to the social and political attitudes in a divided state. He will pay particular attention to the role of blacks.

The final lecture by Tom Marquardt, managing editor of The Capital, will address the "Perils and Pleasures of Editing the Local Newspaper." The lecture, on March 19, will cover the ups and downs of publishing in Maryland.

Information and reservations: 263-2371.

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