Pirates on the Chesapeake to Land at CSM

Shomette Shares Buccaneering History at Heritage Commission Lecture, Oct. 19

Once upon a time, infamous scoundrels and criminals sailed the waterways in search of the treasures of the Chesapeake Bay. Author Donald G. Shomette will provide a look at the history of privateering and picarooning during the Charles County Heritage Commission Lecture “Pirates on the Chesapeake,” at 7 p.m., Oct. 19 at CSM’s La Plata Campus, Library Resources Building, Room 102, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata.

Based on his book, “Pirates on the Chesapeake: Being a True History of Pirates, Picaroons, and Raiders on Chesapeake Bay, 1610-1807,” Shomette’s lecture will focus on the buccaneering history of the Chesapeake Bay’s swashbuckling pirates, picaroons and sea rovers who fought the government authorities for control of the early colonies.

Shomette completed his undergraduate studies at the Pratt Institute and received his Ph.D in Humane Letters from the University of Baltimore. While working at the Library of Congress for two decades (he retired as the director of graphic arts in 1993), Shomette began his careers in underwater archaeology, maritime history and publishing. The author of a dozen books, Shomette has been drawn to preserving and augmenting naval and maritime history through underwater archeology and shipwreck research. His studies have led him to the Atlantic Coast and Patuxent River region where he has researched colonial small-craft wrecks and investigated U.S. naval actions during the War of 1812. In his studies, Shomette utilizes cutting edge technology including underwater robots and ground penetrating radar.

The Heritage Commission Lecture Series was established in honor of Katherine C. Newcomb, an educator and historian who was well-known for her contributions to preserving the history of Charles County.

The Maryland Legislature established the commission in 1982, bringing together several local historical organizations including the African-American Heritage Society, the Historical Society of Charles County, the Maryland Indian Heritage Society, the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco, the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Society and the College of Southern Maryland.

In addition to hosting lectures, the commission primarily provides grants to aid people and organizations conducting historical research. The results of these grants may be placed in the collection of the Southern Maryland Studies Center at CSM to preserve the material and make it available to the public.

The lecture is free. For information about the lecture series or the heritage commission, call 301-934-7818 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7818 for Charles County; 240-725-5499, Ext. 7818 for St. Mary’s County or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7818 for Calvert County or email ronb@csmd.edu.

Shomette will be teaching two personal enrichment classes for CSM next spring, Feb. 9 and 23, on the “Lost Towns of Tidewater Maryland” (PEP 6390) at the Prince Frederick Campus. For information call 301-934-7652 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7652 for Charles County; 240-725-5499, Ext. 7652 for St. Mary’s County or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7652 for Calvert County or email vickieg@csmd.edu.

 

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Aye Matey, There Be Pirates in These Waters. Oct. 19, 7 p.m., College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Library Resources Building, Room 102, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The Charles County Heritage Commission lecture series welcomes Donald G. Shomette, author of “Pirates on the Chesapeake: Being a True History of Pirates, Picaroons, and Raiders on Chesapeake Bay, 1610-1807.” Learn how the Chesapeake Bay region was shaped by acts of piracy committed by infamous scoundrels and criminals. Yo-ho-ho! Free. 301-934-7818 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7818 for Charles County; 240-725-5499, Ext. 7818 for St. Mary’s County or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7818 for Calvert County or email ronb@csmd.edu

 

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