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Friday, July 8
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
St. Francis Xavier Church Hall - 21370 Newtowne Neck Rd.
Archaeologists Aaron Levinthal and Sarah Janesko will share discoveries from the homes of the enslaved community who lived on the Jesuit’s Newtowne Plantation between the late 17th century through the mid-19th century.
Archaeologists found thousands of artifacts associated with the home sites of enslaved African Americans. The refuse pits, filled with clay tobacco pipe stems, oyster shells, and even charred tobacco seeds, are revealing what life was like for a community who left few written records. The presentation will reflect on how the Jesuits used the landscape, including the locations of slave quarters, the types of crops grown, and the animals raised on the plantation. Some of the more interesting discoveries include a palisade found by remote sensing, and Native American pottery sherds suggesting close relationships and interactions among everyone living on Newtowne Neck. 
Artifacts will be on display after the presentation!

The Summer Social!
Friday, August 12
The Summer Social!  (Events)
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tudor Hall
Historical Society Members and Guests are invited to Tudor Hall to enjoy small bites, drinks, and good conversation. 

Historically Speaking: The Role of Children in the Colonial Chesapeake
Wednesday, September 7
Historically Speaking: The Role of Children in the Colonial Chesapeake  (Historically Speaking)
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Children are an understudied group of people historically, especially in archaeology. Where children have been studied, it is typically in relation to mortality rates.
Join St. Mary's College of Maryland graduate Catherine Dye for an in-depth look into the lives of children in the Virginia and Maryland colonies through an archaeological lens. Her analysis shed important light on the experience of childhood in the colonial Chesapeake. In addition to providing an archaeological examination of childhood mortality, the study of child bodies can reflect attitudes toward children at that time. Material culture in combination with burial conditions of children indicates the emotional value these children had, complicating the notion that children were valued primarily for their economic contribution to family or community life.

2022 Fall Dinner
Friday, October 14
2022 Fall Dinner  (Events)
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Olde Breton Inn
Mark your calendars for the Historical Society's 2022 Fall Dinner. The program will be announced soon!

Tree Pruning Party
Saturday, November 5
Tree Pruning Party  (Events)
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tudor Hall
The outstanding folks at the Maryland Aborist Association will descend nright and early on Tudor Hall to prune back our towering Willow Oaks and other trees on the property.
Come by to take a look at their work.