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Friday, February 4, 2011

Nabb Center Hosts 'Tyaskin' Author Marhoefer Saturday, February 12

SALISBURY, MD---In the early 20th century, the maritime town of Tyaskin, MD, located on the Nanticoke River in Wicomico County, had a population of 300 people, five stores, a fish processing plant, a saw mill, a tomato and potato canning house, and a ladies’ hat shop. Today, there are less than 150 full-time residents.

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The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University hosts author Barbara Marhoefer, who signs copies of her new book, Tyaskin, Maryland, In Photos and Documents, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, February 12. The event is held at the Nabb Research Center Gallery in SU’s East Campus Complex, 110 Power Street.

Marhoefer’s book includes her own research as well as photographs, documents, letters, a recipe for medicine and information contributed by others. The book illustrates the history of Tyaskin during major historical events such as the end of the Civil War, World War I and the Great Depression.

Research and information also includes farming wages during the 1930s, the translation of the word “Tyaskin” in the Nanticoke Tribe language and short histories of Tyaskin’s three churches and two schools, and the Westside Fire Department.

Marhoefer has lived part time in Tyaskin for 34 years. Her other books include Witches, Whales, Petticoats and Sails: Three Centuries of Adventures and Misadventures in Long Island History, Early American Wall Stencils in Color and More Early American Stencils in Color.

Admission to her signing is free, and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6321 or visit the Nabb Research Center Web site at

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