CSM hosts Friendship House Lectures, Saturdays through June

Calendar Listings

Friendship House Lecture: The Contact Zone: Europeans, Native Americans and Africans in Early Charles County. 3 p.m., May 5, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry, BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Dr. Julia King, associate professor of anthropology and coordinator of museum studies, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, discusses the historical landscape of the Wicomico River and Zekiah Swamp drainage. From Allen's Fresh to Waldorf, history often lies just beneath the surface. This presentation presents history through place, including fancy English dwellings, fortified Indian settlements, and frontier households. Guided tours of the Friendship House will be given before and after the lecture. Free. 301-934-7606, or ARichmond@csmd.edu.

 

Friendship House Lecture: The Study of Clothing of the Colonial Period through the Bits that Survive: Pins, Buttons, Buckles and other Accessories. 6 p.m., May 5, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry, BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Sara Rivers Cofield, curator of federal collections at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, discusses the study of clothing of the colonial period from items that have survived over time. The presentation includes artifacts that will be discussed in context using period art and museum object images. Guided tours of the Friendship House will be given before and after the lecture. Free. 301-934-7606, or ARichmond@csmd.edu.

 

Friendship House Lecture: “Carry Me to Yon Kirk Yard” An Investigation of Changing Burial Practices in the 17th-Century Cemetery at St. Mary’s City. 3 p.m., May 19, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry, BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Timothy Riordan, chief archaeologist at Historic St. Mary’s City, presents details on the project of 57 burials that were excavated in the 17th-century cemetery at St. Mary’s City. Through a unique combination of structural history of the site and a detailed recording process, the burials are assigned to three 30-year time periods spanning 1638-1730. Riordan will discuss how this data is used to investigate changes in the use and construction of coffins, the function of copper pins and the evolution of hand placement in the burials and how these trends are related to larger changes in English burial practices. Guided tours of the Friendship House will be given before and after the lecture. Free. 301-934-7606, or ARichmond@csmd.edu.

 

Friendship House Lecture: “A Vain Resistance to an Inevitable Dispensation” Evolution and Dating of the Brick Lined Graves in the Cemetery at Cloverfield, Maryland. 3:30 p.m., May 19, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry, BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Ruth Mitchell, special project archaeologist at Historic St. Mary’s City, discusses a family-sponsored restoration of the Cloverfield cemetery on the Eastern Shore and how it provided a unique opportunity to study 38 brick graves dating from 1736 to 1884. The dating model created and used for this project is now presented as a tool for use in dating unmarked brick graves. Guided tours of the Friendship House will be given before and after the lecture. Free. 301-934-7606, or ARichmond@csmd.edu.

 

 

Friendship House Lecture: Foodways of the Late 17th and Early 18th Century. 2:30 p.m., June 30, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Learning Resource Building, Room LR-102, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Historian Mary Farrar, discusses the general foodways, addressing recipes, methods of cooking, animals breeds of the period, and domestic agriculture and horticulture, of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, with a focus on Chesapeake patterns. Guided tours of the Friendship House will be given before and after the lecture. Free. 301-934-7606, or ARichmond@csmd.edu.

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