The Historical Society of Kent County applauds Lanetta Parks for her years of devotion and service to Chestertown and Kent County as a business woman and community leader. Certainly The Compleat Bookseller, at the corner of Cross and High for so many years, will be missed. After the generous donation of that building to the Society by the Bordley/Schottland family last year, we had looked forward to the honor of having Mrs. Parks as our tenant for years to come, but wish her all of the best in her retirement, so well deserved.
The Society had anticipated several years at least in which to plan and raise funds for the future Bordley History Center, but are now fast-forwarding our planning process so that we can have the Center up and running in 2013. The Bordley History Center will promote Kent County as a living classroom of Maryland history, and offer interpretive exhibits, special programming, children’s activities, a research library, and serve as a community resource focusing on education and economic enhancement through heritage tourism.
To create a history center worthy of Kent County’s rich heritage will be challenging; we ask that the community support our project, and bear with us in its implementation. In the interim, we will keep the building as active as possible with events and exhibits, and a gift shop presence beginning in October.
Our first programs will be African Americans in the War of 1812, Thursday, October 4, at 7:00 PM, and History Happy Hour on Friday, October 5, at 4:00 pm,
when Ralph Eshelman, War of 1812 Star-Spangled Banner Trail Historian, will join us for a book signing. Everyone is welcome to both events. Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, our Ghost Walks of Historic Chestertown will operate from the building.
The Historical Society will be placing history in the heart of the community, and we ask that you support us in this tremendous effort, made possible by the generous donation of the Bordley Building by the Schottland/Bordley family. If you wish to support or join our project, please
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Historical Society of Kent County