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Monday, May 15, 2000

Robert Holmlund wins Delmarva History Prize

SALISBURY, MD---Robert Holmlund, a graduate of Salisbury State University, is this year's winner of the $500 Delmarva History Prize from the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture for his research on the colonial boundary disputes between Maryland and Virginia.

His paper, "The Borderlands: Territorial Politics on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland During the Seventeenth Century," follows the granting and revoking of charters by England's King James I, Lord Baltimore's quest for settling Maryland's border with Virginia's persecuted Quakers, and Virginian Colonel Scarburgh's tax raids on Annemessex and Manokin inhabitants.

Holmlund developed his paper for SSU history professor Dean Fafoutis' pro-seminar class at the Nabb Center poring over primary sources during spring 1999. Holmlund has a dual degree in history and anthropology and is presently pursuing his Master of Education.

Every year the Nabb Research Center accepts nominations for outstanding historical research focusing on the Delmarva Peninsula. The winner is awarded a $500 prize from the W.F. Donner Foundation in honor of the late Wilcomb E. Washburn, a distinguished historian of the Smithsonian Institution and resident of Somerset County.


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