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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Abercrombie Gifts Support Nabb Research Center


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From left: Dr. Ray Thompson with Joanna and Michael Abercrombie.

SALISBURY, MD---Joanna Cato was known for her love of Chesapeake history.

Her passion will help educate future generations through Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture.

“I think it’s important to preserve family and heritage,” said Cato’s daughter, Joanna Abercrombie, who, with her husband, Michael, recently made two gifts to the Nabb Research Center in Cato’s honor.

She added that she wanted to contribute to an organization that cherished history as much as her mother did. With that philosophy in mind, the Abercrombies donated to the center a number of original political, social, religious and economic papers, as well as personal correspondence from as early as the post-Revolutionary era. The materials will be used by SU students and others researching and studying regional history.


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Items in the collection included this 19th-century comb and fan ... ... and these historical photos.

Along with these historical documents, the Abercrombies presented the center with a check for $25,000 to fund projects and exhibits.

“Michael and Joanna Abercrombie, long-time supporters of the Nabb Research Center, believe strongly in the center’s mission,” said Dr. Ray Thompson, center director. “We are most grateful for their generosity and desire to share Delmarva history with others.”

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Located in SU’s East Campus Complex at 190 Wayne Street, the center is a humanities research archive for students and the general public. Its holdings include manuscripts, photographs, family histories, court records, maps, newspaper clippings, rare books and other artifacts that help illuminate the Delmarva Peninsula’s history and culture.

For more information call 410-543-6312 or visit the Nabb Research Center website at

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