The Dorchester County Historical Society in conjunction with the Harriet Tubman Organization, is pleased to announce an upcoming program “Michael Twitty- Fighting Old Nep” in the Robbins Heritage Center on March 25th at 7 pm. This program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council.
Michael Twitty is a culinary historian who focuses on the foods and cooking traditions of his ancestors- especially enslaved African Americans. Through his writing, teaching and cooking, he invites the public to join him on a journey of cutural discovery through his ancestral foodscape. Mr. Twitty uses extensive research and experimentation to learn and teach about history crops, open-hearth cooking and the wild resources and livestock that his ancestors gathered and prepared. “The history of African American foodways holds the secrets of how its creators struggled to stay human in a dehumanizing world and prevailed” Twitty shares.
Mr. Twitty will enlighten the audience about the food and healing that it has provided. This experience promises to be both powerful and moving.
Mr. Twitty’s book “Fighting Old Nep: The Foodways of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders 1634-1864” is available for purchase for $10/copy. This enables him to continue his research and education of the public.
The Robbins Heritage Center is located at 1003 Greenway Drive, off of Maryland Avenue East in Cambridge.
4th Annual Native American Exhibit
On April 2, 2011, the Dorchester County Historical Society and the South Dorchester Folk Museum hold the 4th annual Native American Exhibit on the La Grange campus. This campus is located off of Maryland Avenue East, at 1003 Greenway Drive.
Curator Terry Crannell expects this year to be better than last, as there will be new exhibitors and new material. Daniel “Firehawk” Abbott will be on hand to educate about Dorchester County Native Americans, using his knowledge, skill and ability to demonstrate. Many beautiful collections of stone weaponry, tools and artifacts and many knowledgeable people will be in attendance. Most of the artifacts are local. There will be traditional beadwork and clothing on display, as well.
The Chesapeake Archeological Research Foundation’s collection will be shown by Darrin Lowery. We hope to have Charles Clough and the famous Sandy Hill Adena collection as well.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their personal “finds” if they have questions as to their origins and/or age. Several experts will be on hand to lend their advice.
The doors open at 10 am and close at 4 pm. Refreshments will be available on site. Information: 410.228.7953.