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October 2018

Fred Talk: Besieging a Medieval Castle

October 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hood College Marx Center, 541 Coffman Chapel Drive
Frederick, MD 21701 United States
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Trebuchets! Rebellious knights! A vengeful king! Grain prices! This 15-minute talk will examine what went into the royal siege of Bedford castle in England in 1224. Pizza will be served. On the following two evenings, my History Department colleagues will give Fred Talks in their areas (same time, same place): Oct. 23: Dr. Corey Campion - "Revenge on the Rio Grande" Oct. 24: Dr. Jay Harrison - "Exhibiting History in Times of Conflict"

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December 2018

Church Tour

December 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church-Lappans, 18313 Lappans Road
Boonsboro, MD 21713 United States
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I'll be answering questions and giving short tours at St. Mark's Episcopal Church - Lappans as part of the South Washington Historic Churches Tour. You can visit the original slave balcony, see historic church furnishings up close, and examine original historical documents. Feel free to drop in!

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February 2019

AARCH African American Family & Community History Fair

February 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, 199 North Place
Frederick, MD United States
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I'll be at this event to share my research on western Maryland's African-American families. My table will also feature how Hood College students have been working with AARCH to preserve its archives. AARCH sponsors this annual fair where individuals, families, schools, churches and other organizations present table displays of photographs, documents, and artifacts. Fair visitors have the opportunity to:      • Connect with other researchers and see what they've discovered      • Learn the history of Frederick County’s African…

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March 2019

Fred Talk: Lost Black Cemeteries: Remembering, Forgetting, Obliterating

March 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Many cemeteries have been abandoned over the years, and black cemeteries have been especially vulnerable to deliberate erasure. This 15-minute talk will examine the fate of three local African American cemeteries that were built over in the twentieth century, how two of them have recently been remembered and memorialized, and what might be done about the third. The cemeteries featured in the talk will be Laboring Sons and Greenmount in Frederick, and Halfway near Hagerstown. Pizza will be served. On…

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February 2020

African Americans and the Civil War in Western Maryland

February 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch, Washington County Free Library, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740, 100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740 United States
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Mary Coon

Focusing on African American civilians in western Maryland and nearby areas, this talk will explore the experiences of men and women of color, both enslaved and free, during the American Civil War. What did the war mean to them? How did they participate in it? What opportunities and dangers did it bring? The lecture will also look briefly at the more than one hundred black men from Washington County who served in the Union Army.

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May 2021

Ebenezer’s Lost Cemetery

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In this free online talk, I'll be tracing the history of a lost African American burial ground in downtown Hagerstown, MD. The Ebenezer or Bethel cemetery dates from at least the 1840s and was the main cemetery for Hagerstown's 19th-century black community, but today no sign of it is left. What happened to this graveyard, and to the human remains buried there? I'll tell the story and try to answer the questions. Use this Zoom link to hear the talk,…

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