Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Speaker Series #7

Speaker Series #7
“Sleeping In Slave Dwellings and Changing the Narrative” with Joe McGill
Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:00 p.m. in the Barn
Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, returns to Historic Sotterley on Thursday, November 1st  as part of our Common Ground, Connected Heritage project made possible through a grant from Maryland Humanities. He has taken his message of historic preservation and heritage to over 20 states, drawing attention to those slave dwelling structures that would have been forgotten and ensuring that the places that enslaved families built and passed on their culture will be here for future generations. Historic Sotterley connects to generations today through the stories and lives of its past. As members of this community and nation, we seek to understand ourselves through looking at the history, art, culture, and stories that highlight our different perspectives, experiences, and our human commonness.

In October 1864, the Union controlled government of Maryland ratified the third of four state constitutions. It abolished slavery in Maryland only with the help of votes from returning Union soldiers.  It failed to franchise anyone except white males who pledged loyalty to the Union. Maryland was a border state, along with Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri, which meant they did not succeed from the Union but kept slavery. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation did not apply to Union slave states.  On November 1, 1864, 154 years ago, slavery officially ended in Maryland.  Many slave owners petitioned the government for compensation for their lost property years after the war ended.  With government power shifting to Democratic southern sympathizers, the 1864 constitution was replaced by the present constitution of 1867. Racial discriminatory laws and social practices continued in Maryland.  St. Mary’s County, Maryland schools were desegregated in 1968.

This Speaker Series event is FREE to the public.
Due to limited seating,
please call 301-373-2280 for reservations.
Thanks to The Boeing Company for supporting the Speaker Series at Sotterley for 11 years running

and to Maryland Humanities for supporting this event.

Speaker Series #6

“Inside Job” - Sacred and Stolen:
Confessions of a Museum Director
by Gary Vikan
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
7:00 p.m. in the Barn
"Inside Job" is a lively, audience-engaging talk drawn from two chapters of Gary Vikan's recent memoir, SACRED AND STOLEN: Confessions of a Museum Director. In his talk, Dr. Vikan will explore the comedy and tragedy to two major museum thefts that he had the privilege (or curse) of witnessing at first hand. One involved the disappearance of nearly 150 works, and the other took more than six decades to solve!
Gary Vikan was Director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore from 1994 to 2013; from 1985 to 1994, he was the museum’s Chief Curator and Curator of Medieval art. Before coming to Baltimore, Vikan was Senior Associate at Harvard’s Center for Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. A native of Minnesota, he received his BA from Carleton College and his PhD from Princeton University. An internationally known medieval scholar, Vikan curated a number of critically-acclaimed exhibitions at the Walters.
Vikan serves on the Advisory Council on Culture and the Arts of the Salzburg Global Seminar; he is a Councilor of the Maryland State Arts Council. He has been an advisor to the Getty Leadership Institute and Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology. He was appointed by President Clinton in 1999 to his Cultural Property Advisory Committee and was knighted by the French Minister of Culture in the Order of Arts and Letters in 2002.
Vikan stepped down from the Walters directorship to write, lecture, and teach; and to provide consulting services as Vikan Consulting LLC to cultural non-profits, collectors. His recent books include Early Byzantine Pilgrimage Art (2010); Postcards from the Walters (2012); From the Holy Land to Graceland (2012); and SACRED and STOLEN: Confessions of a Museum Director (2016).
This Speaker Series event is FREE to the public.
Due to limited seating, please call 301-373-2280 for reservations.
Thanks to The Boeing Company for supporting the Speaker Series at Sotterley for 11 years running.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Real Story of K-129!

Speaker Series #5
“The Taking of K-129”
by Josh Dean
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
7:00 p.m. in the Barn

 In early 1968, a Soviet ballistic missile submarine went missing in a remote area of the Pacific and despite a furious search, the Soviet Navy was unable to locate it. The United States Navy, however, was able to locate the wreck and decided this was an intelligence haul too great to pass up. The job of salvaging the sub was given to the CIA’s burgeoning Directorate of Science and Technology and thus began Project Azorian, a massive five year covert operation that produced one of the greatest feats of engineering in history. Author Josh Dean will discuss the operation, and the incredible cover story developed by the CIA to disguise it. 

Josh Dean is a New York based journalist whose work has appeared in Popular Science, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, GQ, Outside, Fast Company, ESPN the Magazine, and many others. He is a former deputy editor of Men's Journal and was one of the founding editors of PLAY, the New York Times Sports Magazine. He is the author of THE TAKING OF K-129, the incredible true story of the largest and most audacious covert operation in US history, SHOW DOG: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred, an extremely real and yet still unbelievable trip inside the world of dog shows, and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE STOPWATCH GANG, about Canada's infamous and prolific 1970s gang of bank robbers.

This Speaker Series event is FREE to the public.
Due to limited seating,
please call 301-373-2280 for reservations.
Thanks to The Boeing Company for supporting the Speaker Series at Sotterley for 11 years running.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


The party of the summer was just that ... THE PARTY OF THE SUMMER! A big THANK YOU to all who joined us for this fun and fantastic event. We are tremendously grateful to so many organizations, companies, and friends who generously supported the Barn Bash and Craft Beer Tasting event - through monetary contributions, through sharing of talents, through months of planning meetings, and through volunteering at the event.

Y'all made it happen!
Community Bank of the Chesapeake
NSI - The Solutions Company
Old Line Bank
PNC Bank
W.M. Davis, Inc.
Bailey's Party Rentals
The Country Memories Band
Sam Baldwin of Baldwin & Briscoe, P.C.
Bozick Distributors Inc.
Buck Distributing
Guy Distributing Company
Terry Larus
Legends Distributing
Sunny Malhotra of Taphouse 1637 - Bollywood Masala Restaurant
Josh Peeling of The Hole In The Wall Tavern
Sotterley Staff
Community Volunteers
Sotterley Volunteers

Bob Aldridge
Maxine Aldridge
Jane Bachman
Sam Baldwin
Tim Boas
Jan Briscoe
Leslie Burgess
Mike Colina
Jeanne Davis
Nancy Easterling
Towanda Ganges
Walt Gardiner
Deidra Guy
Mike Guy
Sarah Houde
Katherine Humphries
Kim Husick
Chris Jeys
Bert Johnston
Beverly Johnston
Joyce Knott
Terry Laurus
Eve Love
Sunny Malhorta
Daphne McQuire
Keith McQuire
Eileen Miller
Ashley Morgan & Aunt Deb
Ginger Newman-Askew
Josh Peeling
Jeanne Pirtle
Janet Rowland
Tom Russell
Jane Sanders
Scott Sanders
Stacey Svendgard
Kristen YinglinG

Fall Homeschool Day!

Homeschool Day
“Become a Tidewater Naturalist!”
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Explore what it was like to grow up on a Tidewater Plantation during an era gone by at Historic Sotterley on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. This program will offer four unique learning opportunities at various locations on site:

10:00 am to 1:00 pm – Come and go, St. Mary’s County History Day Informational Workshop!  Find out what it takes for 5th-12th graders to participate! Meet us in the Warehouse!

10:30 & 1:30 - An Olde Tyme Lesson on Horticulture!  Join us at our one-room schoolhouse for a lesson on native plants and animals of the Tidewater. (Meet at the South Gatehouse)

10:30 & 1:30 - Painting with Nature! Take a walk down to the creek as you gather natural paintbrushes to create your own unique artwork.  (Meet at the Warehouse)

12:00 & 3:00 - Meet the Three Sisters!  Visit the Slave Cabin garden to learn more about these “sisters” and how they helped people survive. (Meet at the Slave Cabin)

12:00 & 3:00 - Bees Please! Walk through the main gardens of Sotterley and discover and examine important pollinators that fly or crawl and why these insects are important members of our eco-community.

3:00  - Kid friendly 1703 Manor House tour! Sign up at the Visitor Center, limit 20 persons. 

$5.00 per person. Children under age 6 FREE.
Purchase tickets at our Visitor Center.
Sotterley Members FREE.
No reservations necessary. Rain or shine event.

See you at Sotterley! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Scout Day & Solar Observation!

Scout Day & Solar Observation
at the Farmer’s Market!
Saturday, September 1st, 2018
8:00 a.m. - noon

Come and be wow-ed by the creativity, hard-work, and talent of some local Scouts, who completed impressive projects to benefit Historic Sotterley! All are welcome to hear the presentations about the construction of bat houses, the re-working of our trail maps, and the environmental benefits of nature projects on Saturday, September 1st, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at our Farmer’s Market.

For all Scouts dressed in uniform,
we have a special “Thank You”: 
FREE Grounds Tours
Half-price Manor House Tours ($3 per person).

Our friends from the Southern Maryland Astronomical Society (SMAS) will also be in attendance with their solar observation equipment. Come and check out the daytime sky safely (no burned retinas from looking directly at the sun)!

See you at Sotterley!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Collections in Full View!

Insider’s Tour:
“And All That Stuff!”
Saturday, September 8th, 2018
Tours: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Join us for an insider’s tour about the latest researched stories behind Historic Sotterley’s collections - from tea sets and portraits to trinkets and potties - in the Sotterley manor house. $20 per person. 18 persons per tour limit.

Tour lasts approx 90 minutes and stair climbing required.  Meet at the Visitor Center at least 10 minutes before tour time. 
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets!