Lectures & Presentations

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The Street of Ships: The Recovery and Rebirth of New York’s South Street Seaport Museum

With South Street Seaport Museum Executive Director Jonathan Boulware


Friday, October 27 / 8:00pm
Garfield Center for the Arts / 210 High Street


Capt. Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City will provide an entertaining, historical, celebratory tour through the history of the port of New York; the Museum that aims to interpret that history; and an overview of the recent, multiple-award-winning restoration of the mighty 1885 iron sailing ship WAVERTREE.

Join the Captain for an hour of history, hyperbole, and a photo journey through New York’s port.

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Book Release: “Building Sultana”

With Artist Marc Castelli


Saturday, October 28 / 6:00pm
Swain Geography Classroom / Sultana’s Holt Center/ 200 South Cross Street


Join the Sultana Education Foundation and artist Marc Castelli for the public release of Building Sultana, a new limited-edition book that documents the three-year construction of the schooner SULTANA in more than 200 pen and ink drawings accompanied by recollections of the shipwrights and volunteers who built her.  The book’s fascinating and tragic story will be recounted by Castelli, who will also share artwork and stories from and about the book.   Copies of Building Sultana will be available for purchase that evening, and books may also be pre-purchased here.

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Saturday, October 28 / 11:00am
The Book Plate / 112 South Cross Street
Partner Event with the Book Plate

These humble bivalves are the living bones of the Chesapeake and the ecological and historical lifeblood of the region. When colonists first sailed these impossibly abundant shores, they described massive shoals of foot-long oysters. But the bottomless appetite of the Gilded Age and great fleets of skipjacks took their toll. Disease, environmental pressures and overconsumption decimated the population by the end of the twentieth century. While Virginia turned to bottom-leasing, passionate debate continues in Maryland among scientists and oystermen whether aquaculture or wild harvesting is the better way forward. Today, boutique oyster farming in the Bay is sustainably meeting the culinary demand of a new generation of connoisseurs- and expanding our minds and palates about how delicious Chesapeake oysters can be.

With careful research and interviews with experts, author Kate Livie presents this dynamic story and a glimpse of what the future may hold.




Saturday, October 28 / 3:00pm
The Book Plate / 112 South Cross Street
Partner Event with the Book Plate


Wendy Mitman Clarke’s new novel, Still Water Bending, tells the story of a third-generation Chesapeake waterman and his estranged daughter. When unforeseen circumstances bring them together, they begin to find common ground in the most unlikely of places—in a boatbuilding shed, through the effort and art of building a deadrise skiff. A former executive editor of Chesapeake Bay Magazine, and a two-time winner of the Pat Nielsen Poetry Prize, Clarke has been chronicling the Bay, its people, history, and culture for 25 years.



Sunday, October 29 / 11:00am & 2:00pm
Swain Geography Classroom / Sultana’s Holt Center / 200 S. Cross Street
In Partnership with the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail


In the summer of 1608 Captain John Smith and a crew of 12 English settlers set out on a two month expedition to explore the Chesapeake Bay.  Smith’s accounts of the Bay, its Native peoples and natural resources, is perhaps the best snapshot of the estuary prior to mass European immigration.   John Smith’s Chesapeake – An Interactive Voyage tells the story of Smith’s expedition employing Sultana’s new Chesapeake GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Projector. This cutting-edge system transforms the Swain Geography  Classroom in Sultana’s Holt Center into a 1,000 square-foot living map of the Chesapeake.