Thursday, May 30, 2019

Teachers and Museum Professionals Workshop

Teachers and Museum
Professionals Workshop:
Incorporating History that Leads to Equity

July 30 and 31, 2019 
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Students are never too young or too old to learn perspective, compassion, and empathy. Discover through the stories of real lives lived how to help your students learn the art of seeing through another’s eyes. Resources provided and create your own.

$30 for Pre K thru 12th grade public and private school teachers.
$40 for all others. 
Lunch included. 
Advanced Registration Required.
Register by e-mail: or call: 301-373-2280.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

NEW! Historic Sotterley FARM STAND!

Every Saturday from June 1st - September 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., stop by the Historic Sotterley Farm Stand right out front at the intersection of Sotterley Road and Sotterley Lane. That's right, we're making it even more convenient for you to shop!
Every week, we will sell:
Historic Sotterley Farm - fruit and veggies!
R&H farms - beef, pork, and chicken!
Sassy Cakes - pretzels, cinnamon buns, cake pops, muffins, and more!
Trossbach Family Meats - beef, pork, chicken, and eggs!

Stop by and buy!

Family Friendly Fridays!

Family Friendly Fridays!
July 12, 19, 26 & August 3 , 2019
Site open from 10 am - 4 pm
Get down to earth for story time, hands-on learning with art, technology and nature from 10 am - noon, and then enjoy the Historic Sotterley site on your own for the rest of the day!
July 12:
Make your own clay!
July 19:
What makes it go? Make paper airplanes and rubber-band cars!
July 26:
What makes it bounce? Make a ball!
August 2:
What makes it float? Make a boat!

Guided activities: 10:00 a.m. - noon, with site admission.

Check in at Visitor Center.
FREE for children under age 6.
$5 per person ages 6 and up, per day.
$65 Purchase family membership and bring your whole family to Sotterley FREE all year! CLICK HERE!
(Excludes certain special events.)

Friday, May 24, 2019

UNESCO International Day

UNESCO International Day for the Remembrance
of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
August 23rd | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

As a UNESCO Slave Route Site of Remembrance, Historic Sotterley invites the public to this important day by honoring the memories of those that perished and survived the trans-Atlantic slave trade. We remember the abolition of the trade and celebrate the contributions of survivors whose strength built nations. 2019 also commemorates 400 years since the arrival of captured Africans to Jamestown, VA. This program is made possible in part by a generous grant from Maryland Humanities.

Nancy Easterling
Executive Director, Historic Sotterley

Rev. Roderick W. McClanahan
First Missionary Baptist Church
Lexington Park, MD

 Purpose of the Day and Testimony
Sandra Coles-Belle,
Sotterley descendant and Program Director, Cultural Diversity
and Outreach for the Archdiocese of Washington

Sotterley’s Bell  Rings 
29 times to remember persons who perished
on the middle passage to Sotterley in 1720

Music  Selection
First Missionary Baptist, Voices of Praise

Sotterley’s Story
Gwen Bankins, Historic Sotterley Trustee
and Sotterley descendant

Historic Sotterley’s Partner Organizations:

Marilyn Hatza, Grants and Strategic Partnerships,
Maryland Humanities

Michael Brown, President,
Unified Committee for Afro American Contributions

William Hall, President,
NAACP St. Mary’s County

Rev. Dr. Tamara England Wilson, Chair
Maryland Commission for African American History and Culture

Ann Cobb, Executive Board Member,
Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project

Music Selection
First Missionary Baptist, Voices of Praise

Descendants’  Project, Honoring Ancestors
Jeanne Pirtle
Director of Educational Programming and Partnerships,
Historic Sotterley

Giving Voice
Participants Name Their Ancestor

Statement from Historic Sotterley
Bert Johnston, President, Historic Sotterley Board of Trustees

Reading of Proclamations and Conclusion
Nancy Easterling

Charlie Wharton, Minister
St. Mary’s County Church of Christ

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Open Auditions for Ghosts 2019

It’s (Almost) Showtime!
Open Auditions for Ghosts of Sotterley 2019 -
“The Curse of Greenbeard and the Pirates of the Patuxent!”

Join us for an exciting murder mystery tour through the woods of Historic Sotterley, as we help the guests figure out who killed the pirate Greenbeard! We invite all able-bodied people (who can traverse the terrain of the trails, and are able to stand/sit in the dark for up to 3 hours) from age 13 and up to try out. You will be in great company with an enthusiastic group of talented wonders who enjoy performing and love Historic Sotterley!

Auditions will be held at Historic Sotterley’s Warehouse on:
Wednesday, June 12th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, June 15th 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday, June 16th 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, June 19th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

EXTRAS: We will also collect information for anyone interested in being an extra pop out pirate, electric tech, costumes helper, lighting tech, set builder and makeup artist.

CLICK HERE to COMPLETE the google form of your area of interest to speed up your audition. 

LOOKING for anyone willing to donate pirate themed items such as hats, swords, pistols, costumes, sails, flags, mast, rope, front of a pirate ship (this would be awesome!) Or any type of appropriate prop. Note: Items will be used outside, rain or moon.

DIRECTORS: If you have this talent and would be interested in helping please email me asap!

QUESTIONS can be directed to the producer, Helena Fondeur:

REHEARSALS start in August, dates tbd.

THE BIG SHOW: Ghosts of Sotterley 2019 will run October 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

HISTORIC SOTTERLEY. 44300 Sotterley Lane. Hollywood, MD 20636. Contact: Ginger Newman-Askew, Event Manager at 301-373-2280 or

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Junior Docent Academy

Junior Docent Academy
June 17 & 18, 2019
Are you looking for something fun to do this summer that involves history and interacting with others? We have the perfect opportunity for you! Our Junior Docent Academy will enhance your communication skills while sharing our rich history and exquisite site with visitors. Upon successful completion, you will become Junior Docents and ambassadors of Historic Sotterley.

Returning Junior Docents can hone their skills (updated registration form required).
Advance Registration Required.
For Ages 8-18.
Drop off 9 a.m. Pick up 5:00 p.m.
Tuition: $35 dollars
(which includes a Sotterley student membership).

Call: 301-373-2280 or email: for information.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Historic Sotterley to Participate in Global Launch of UNESCO Publication


Historic Sotterley to Participate
in Global Launch of UNESCO Publication

Historic Sotterley, as a UNESCO Slave Route Site of Memory, will participate in the global launch of the UNESCO publication entitled “Legacies of Slavery: A Resource Book for Managers of Sites and Itineraries of Memoryon Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
The launch of this Resource book will be organized the same day and simultaneously in different countries of the world, in collaboration with our partners. On this occasion, the online version of “Legacies of Slavery” will be made available in three languages (English, French and Spanish) in free access on the UNESCO website.

This Resource book is the fruit of the intensive work that was achieved by UNESCO’s Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage, in order to develop a tool that can be used by professionals involved in the safeguarding and promotion of sites related to the slave trade and slavery. Designed in two parts, it contains conceptual and practical information for managers of sites of memory. It also provides a comparative analysis of best experiences and practices across regions, through 40 examples of sites, itineraries and museums implementing particular strategies for the preservation, promotion and interpretation of heritage related to slavery. Moreover, it offers advice and recommendations for the development of memory tourism, responding to the ethical exigencies of this sensitive subject.

This event also coincides with the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.  It will be an opportunity to engage in a reflection on the stakes of the preservation of the memory of slavery, and mostly to question how this history can be integrated on memory policies.
Historic Sotterley will be participating with the following activities for this global launch:
10 a.m.  
Organizational announcement of Sotterley’s UNESCO Slave Route Site of Memory designation and purpose for this event.

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Exhibition—Re-discovering Historic Sotterley’s Land, Lives, and Labor exhibit and Slave Cabin exhibit.

1:00 p.m.
Our Stories—A presentation and training of the interpretation of Sotterley’s manor house through diverse perspectives.

2:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
Public Roundtable—Front-line Sotterley, staff, volunteers, and leadership discuss the duty to remember and the right to history: issues and challenges.  Public audience input and comment.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

SPEAKER SERIES #7: Karen Abbott

Speaker Series #7

The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him,
and the Murder That Shocked Jazz- Age America
Karen Abbott - Author, Historian

November 13th  |  7:00 p.m.

Karen Abbott masterfully weaves together the epic true crime story of the infamous bootlegger George Remus—who owned 35% of all the liquor in the United States in 1921, the excesses and absurdities of the Jazz Age, the infinite human capacity to deceive, and the murder that shocked the nation.

Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, American Rose (an Indie Next pick), and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and Amazon. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City.
FREE to the public. Seating is limited; make reservations online at: or call: 301-373-2280.
The Boeing Company has generously sponsored the Speaker Series at Sotterley for the past 12 years.


SPEAKER SERIES #6: Laura Dowling

Speaker Series #6

FLORAL DIPLOMACY: At the White House
Laura Dowling - Author, Floral Designer
October 30th  |  7:00 pm

As the one-time Chief Floral Designer at the White House, Laura Dowling managed décor and flowers for thousands of events while using flowers as a strategic tool for communicating diplomatic, symbolic and policy messages. She will share her inspiration, techniques, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the official and private White House.
Laura Dowling served as Chief Floral Designer at the White House from 2009 until 2015. As creative director for flowers and décor, she managed White House floral design for thousands of official and private events, including state dinners, parties, receptions and large-scale installations, such as the Fourth of July, Halloween and the iconic White House Christmas. Her lush and lively floral creations also graced the White House state rooms, East and West Wing offices, Camp David and the Presidential private residence. As Chief Floral Designer, Laura launched innovative strategic partnerships with the nation’s top artists and designers, White House policy staff, including the Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) and Presidential Innovation Fellows, creating imaginative, cutting-edge décor and flowers.
FREE to the public. Seating is limited; make reservations online at or call 301-373-2280.
The Boeing Company has generously sponsored the Speaker Series at Sotterley for the past 12 years.


SPEAKER SERIES #5: Dr. Ralph Eshelman

Speaker Series #5

Climate Change, Evolution of Chesapeake Bay
& Effects on Cultural Resources
Dr. Ralph Eshelman - Paleontologist, Historian

October 9th  |  7:00 p.m.

This illustrated talk covers the often misunderstood concepts of Relative Sea Level Rise, Climate Change over time, and the consequences. Dr. Ralph Eshelman has a unique understanding of Climate Change as a paleontologist and historian who has visited the Arctic and Antarctica over fifty times during his career.
Dr. Eshelman is the former director of the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland and is a specialist in vertebrate paleontology and paleo-environmental studies.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan with a major in geology and vertebrate paleontology and a minor in ecology. His earlier studies were at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of Iowa. He was a Research Associate in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution from 1975 until 2005. He is active in several professional organizations including the American Association for Quaternary Environment, vice-president for Science and Stewardship of the Maryland-Washington D.C. Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Patuxent Riverkeeper, and Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Honors include Outstanding Young Men in America (1981) and Emerging Young Leaders of America (1989). Eshelman is widely published in and lectures on geology and paleontology as well as maritime, polar and military history. His research interests have taken him to many parts of the world.
FREE to the public. Seating is limited; make reservations online at or call 301-373-2280.
The Boeing Company has generously sponsored the Speaker Series at Sotterley for the past 12 years.