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Events and Exhibits

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


Piecing It All Together:  Quilts of the Eastern Shore quilt-3.jpg

August 28 – December 22

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Thompson Gallery

Mon. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Featuring quilts from the Nabb Research Center collection, the exhibit highlight technical information about the quilts, including pattern names, the number of stitches per inch, and types of fabric, as well as the history behind the quilt.  These quilts come to life when we know who made them, where they lived, and what they may have been doing when they made these quilts.  The quilts come from several families on the Eastern Shore, including the Lankford, Hargis, White, and Adkins families.   See related lecture on November 4.


Our Transdisciplinary World:  Technology, Science, & the Humanities

August 28 – December 22

Guerrieri Academic Commons, 1st Floor Lobby

Building’s operating hours

CamdenSome of the ways technology is being developed and utilized on the Salisbury University campus are featured, including the 3D printer MakerLab, a software program that analyzes the emotional content of Shakespearean plays and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  Interactive digital displays and information about how to get hands-on experience with these technological developments are also included.  This SU Libraries exhibit is co-curated by Randy Cone, Angeline Prichard, Michael Scott and Chris Woodall.



Delmarva:  People, Place and Time                                                      lobby-crop.jpg

July 25 - December 22

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Niemann Gallery                                  

Mon. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tue.- Fri. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This self-guided exhibit highlights various aspects of Delmarva history, including Native Americans and early settlers, agriculture and water, family influences, and an early 19th century home.


For the Love of Quilting:  Modern Quilts of the Eastern Shore        1.-Asbury-Quilters---Panorama.jpg

January 29 -  May 31

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Fourth Floor, Thompson Gallery

Mon. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tues. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Modern quilts on loan to the Nabb Research Center and made by members of various Eastern Shore quilt guilds and church groups are featured.  The exhibit includes quilts displaying a range of techniques, patterns and purpose.  Some of the quilts are works of art that have been pieced by one and quilted by another, others are created from collected scraps and sewn quickly for a family in need. 

Contact the Nabb Center about a related workshop to be held in May.

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You're on Indian Land...                                                                                       

January 29 - May 31                                                                                          

Guerrieri Academic Commons, First Floor Lobby               

Open During GAC Hours

Explore the history and legacy of the indigenous people of the Eastern Shore and their connections to the SU campus.  Included are sections on the Wicomico, Pocomoke, Nanticoke, Manokin and Choptank tribes.  The exhibit is a collaborative effort between Honors College students and SU staff, as well as local Native communities.  Student research, civic engagement projects and materials from the Nabb Research Center's special collections and University archives are highlighted. Co-sponsored by the Fulton Public Humanities Committee.

Contact the Nabb Center about related reception and film screening to be held in March.


A Proud History:  Delmarva's Colored Civil War Troops

Thursday, February 8, 7 p.m.

Perdue Hall 156

SU professor emerita Clara Small discusses local free and enslaved African Americans' hardships, valor and courageous fight to be free as well as their participation in a war that was not of their choosing.  Retired history professor Small taught at SU for 36 years and is the winner of numerous awards.  Her publications include Men of Color to Arms!:  Manumitted Slaves and Free Blacks from the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland Who Served in the Civil War, co-authored with Rev. David Briddell, and They Wore Blue and Their Hearts Were Loyal:  The United States Colored Troops of Dorchester County, Maryland, Slaves and Free Blacks Who Served in the Civil War, co-authored with Teresa M. Neild. 

Sponsored by the Fulton Public Humanities Program, the Office of Multicultural Student Studies, Department of History and the Nabb Research Center.


The Cambridge Uprising:  Looking Back, Moving Forward

Tuesday, February 27, 7 p.m.

Guerrieri Student Union, Wicomico Room

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cambridge Uprising, an important moment in African Americans' struggle for civil rights.  The panel reflects on this event to explore what it might teach us about the national debates regarding civic engagement, law enforcement and race.  Panelists include SU alumna Artura Jackson, a 2016 Master of Arts in history graduate; Peter Levy, a professor of history and political science at York University; and Lawrence MacMillan, a seven-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police.  Levy is the author of numerous books and articles, including Civil War on Race Street:The Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland.   

Sponsored by the Fulton Public Humanities Program, the Department of History, the Department of Social Work, the Nabb Research Center, and the Institute for Public Affairs an Civic Engagement (PACE).

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Spiro Agnew and the Rise of the Republican Right

Wednesday, March 7, 7 p.m.

Great Hall in Holloway Hall 

Reception to follow in Social Room

On October 10, 1973, Vice President and former Maryland Governor, Spiro T. Agnew pled no contest to a charge of tax evasion and resigned his office, bringing an end to his political career.  Agnew is little remembered today, but he left behind an important legacy.  This talk by Agnew biographer Justin P. Coffey charts Agnew's meteoric rise and shows how Agnew's transformation from a moderate to conservative Republican mirrored the change in the GOP.

Sponsored by SU's Thomas Bellevance Honors College, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Nabb Research Center and Office of Cultural Affairs.

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Cajun by Any Other Name

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall

Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m.

Marie Rundquist describes her quest to discover her heritage, which culminated in her book Cajun by Any Other Name:  Recovering the Lost History of a Family and a People.  She discusses the fate of Acadians displaced from Canada during the French and Indian War who settled the Chesapeake region. 


Pitt's Neck in New Church, Virginia

Save the Date! 

Saturday, May 5, 4-7 p.m.

Tickets available in Spring.


Memoir of a Skipjack                                                         4.skipjack.jpg

Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m.

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall

5.Randy-George.jpgRandolph George relates the story of the restoration of the aging skipjack Martha Lewis he purchased in 1993.  Along the way, he discovered the histories, places and people connected to the time when skipjacks represented a way of life for the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay.


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