Historical Society holds annual meeting and banquet

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Guests enjoy the porch rockers at the Historical Society dinner.

CAMBRIDGE — On June 2, the Dorchester County Historical Society (DCHS) held its Annual Meeting and Banquet on its campus at The Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester. This event marks the 63rd year that DCHS has been in existence, making it one of the longest standing local nonprofits in the area.

Normally held off site, the decision to bring the membership together on campus was made this year to reunite members with their “home,” and so that they could experience for themselves the new offerings, exhibits and research center. In addition, it was noted by many that there was an air of excitement and enthusiasm that normally does not accompany things of a historical nature. More than 90 of DCHS’s membership and staff were on hand for the event.

The Business Meeting was brief and elections were held that installed the following officers and board members. Judi Leaming continues as president; Teresa Neild, vice president; Lynne Mills, treasurer; Nancy Malwitz, secretary and new Board members Andrew Holliday, Bobbie Rideout, Nick Roetzel, Carole Towers and William Wise III.

Following dinner catered by Jimmy’s Grille, Mr. P. Smith (Smitty) Rue shared his recollections and research about Holland Island. It was his interest and determination to write a book on Holland Island and its people that fueled the partnership with local author A. M. Foley to produce “Holland Island: Lost Atlantis of the Chesapeake Bay.” Smitty’s talk was informative and entertaining.

Another highlight of the evening, as explained by Director Ann Phillips, was the unveiling of the Board Challenge 2016. Mounted in the entry to the event space were works of art that were created by DCHS Board members. Ms. Phillips shared that she had challenged the Board to create the art in any medium, to describe how they feel about Dorchester. Works ranged from photography to string art with cutting edge art mediums being shown in one case. These incredible pieces will be on display at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester before appearing at the Tomato Festival in August as part of a silent auction.

For information on the organization of DCHS or the campus, the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester, please contact the office at 410-228-7953 or e-mail dchs@verizon.net. The site is located at 1003 Greenway Drive in Cambridge.

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