May 10, 2017 / 7:00pm
Sultana Education Center
200 South Cross Street, Chestertown
On May 7, 2007, a crew of twelve explorers sponsored by the Sultana Education Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Conservation Fund set out from Jamestown, Virginia to replicate Captain John Smith’s famous 1608 exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. Over 300,000 visitors attended events duringthe 121 days of the journey, and the publicity from the voyage led directly to the creation of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (CAJO). Overseen and managed by the National Park Service, CAJO is the first all-water National Historic Trail in the history of the United States.
On May 10, 2017, the Sultana Education Foundation will reunite the crew of the John Smith Shallop on the 10th anniversary of this amazing re-enactment for a retrospective forum at the organization’s new Education Center in Chestertown. Accompanied by photos and videos of their 2007 journey, the crew will recount their experiences and remark on the impact the expedition has had on their lives over the past decade. Representatives from the National Park Service and the Chesapeake Conservancy will be on hand to provide introductions for the evening and give an overview of the progress that has been made on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail since its inception.
Open to the public, The John Smith 400 Project Retrospective Forum will begin at 7:00pm at Sultana’s Education Center at 200 South Cross Street in Chestertown. Seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.