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Friday, April 8, 2011

Busby Speaks on 'Indigenous Cultural Landscapes of the Eastern Shore' Wednesday, April 13

SALISBURY, MD---The first European settlers came to the area now known as the Eastern Shore in the 17th century … but they were far from the first humans to live in the region. That designation goes to the area’s many Native American tribes.

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Dr. Virginia R. Busby, expert in Native American history, speaks about the region’s early populations as this year’s Wilcomb Washburn Distinguished Lecturer 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Salisbury University. She delivers her talk, “In the Wake of John Smith: Indigenous Cultural Landscapes of the Eastern Shore,” in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center.

In recognition of Native American History Month, Busby’s presentation includes stories of Native American communities on the Eastern Shore, as well as ways modern societies may experience and appreciate that heritage.  She also discusses the benefits derived from the preservation of sites associated with this valuable local history.

Busby earned her Ph.D in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Virginia. She has done extensive research and site work at the Chicone Native American site near Vienna in Dorchester County.  Her previous experience includes serving as the executive assistant for Native American Affairs to the State of Delaware and as program area manager for archaeology and Native American affairs to the U.S. Army Environmental Command.

Sponsored by SU’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, her presentation is made possible by the Wilcomb Washburn Distinguished Lectureship Fund.

Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6312 or visit the Nabb Research Center Web site at

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