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Events and Exhibits

Events and exhibits are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated.


Traveling Through Special Collections: Vignettes of Voyages & Travel

Guerrieri Academic Commons, 1st Floor Lobby                                      Special-Collections-1.traveling.tif 

Sep. 27 through Dec. 19

Open During GAC Hours

Reception: Thursday, Sept. 13, 6-7 p.m.

Voyage with travelers of the past through vignettes of the special collections at the Nabb Research Center. Diaries, photographs, letters, drawing and ephemera tell the fascinating stories of people from across the world throughout time.  These unique historical documents demonstrate the common reasons for traveling, as well as the advances in transportation technology over the past 200 years.

See related workshop on Saturday, Nov. 3.


Over Here & Over There: The World at War, 1914-1918     

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Thompson Gallery                              WWI-2.tif

Aug. 27 through Dec. 19

Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Reception: Thursday, Sept. 20, 6-7 p.m.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Nabb Research Center highlights certain aspects of the war, including humanitarian efforts, the role of women and African Americans, local troops, propaganda, leisure and entertainment, and the lasting effects that soldiers endured.  Archival materials and objects from the Nabb Research Center’s collection supplement and enhance the history of the Great War. 

See related lecture on Thursday, Oct. 18.



Delmarva: People, Place and TimeDelmarva: People, Place and Time

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Niemann Gallery, 4th Floor

Open During GAC Hours

This self-guided exhibit highlights various aspects of Delmarva history, including Native Americans and early settlers, agriculture and water, and an early 19th century home. Updated with new materials and objects for the fall 2018 semester



The Toys that Built an Engineer…

Guerrieri Academic Commons, 1st Floor Lobby                

Oct. 29 – Dec. 19

Open During GAC Hours

Reminisce about your childhood and how times have changed as you enjoy this display compiled of Charles Emery’s childhood toys. Emery is a Mardela Springs resident and Nabb Research Center board member, with deep Eastern Shore family lineage. This display includes a variety of toys dating from the 1930s to 1950s that were wrapped in newspaper and stored in the family attic since 1965 until recently unpacked during a move.


African American History on the Eastern Shore            ClaraSmallPhotoshopped.JPG

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall             

Wednesday, Sep. 19, 7 p.m.

Historian Clara Small presents her ongoing research on African Americans who shaped the history of Delmarva.




Joan Gaither: Documentary Story Quilter

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall

Sep 29, 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Joan-Gaither-2.jpg

Joan Gaither, Baltimore native and former professor/chair of undergraduate art education at the Maryland Institute College of Art, shares her story of creating 242 quilts since 2000. Gaither creates mixed-media quilts that share the stories of many people and places. As a fiber artist and documentary story quilter, her work centers on community collaborations and quilting workshops designed to encourage participants to research and celebrate their own personal histories and stories. She feels a sense of urgency and passion that drives her to capture the oral histories and memories from our aging storytellers and preserve them in her quilts so they will live on.

Co-sponsored by: Public Humanities Committee


Woodrow Wilson and the end of the Great War               Judd-Bankert-1.jpg

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall

Thursday, Oct. 18, 6:00 p.m.

Join the Nabb Research Center as Judd Bankert portrays Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) with a 45 minute performance followed by a Q &A session in and out of character. Bankert has portrayed President Wilson as part of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Birthplace’s living history program and in a variety of other interpretive programs since 2000. Using the research facilities at the Library in Staunton, Virginia, he has created unique programs drawing from Wilson’s writings and speeches.

Co-sponsored by: Public Humanities Committee and the History Department


Creative Writing Workshop with Special Collections

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Nabb Center Classroom (4th floor)

Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Travel through time and place with a creative writing workshop at the Nabb Research Center. Led by Salisbury University history and English faculty and using the Center’s unique historical collections, attendees will discover diarists who have travelled over the past 200 years and will follow the journeys of history’s artists and photographers. These original materials will spark inspiration for the writers who will then recreate or reinterpret examples from the library’s Special Collections.        Call to register: 410-543-6312

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Mill Ponds & Dam Sites                                           

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall   

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

Michael Folkoff, SU professor emeritus of geography, shares his multi-year research on local dam sites and mill ponds.



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