The Kent Island Heritage Society

The Kent Island Heritage Society was founded in 1975 for the purpose of discovering, identifying, restoring and preserving the heritage of Kent Island in Maryland. It works diligently to facilitate the processes by which both its youth and mature history enthusiasts can acquire an appreciation of Kent Island's place in the history of Maryland and of our nation.

Parade
Christ Church and Rectory
Historic Stevensville Bank
Old Stevensville Post Office
Cray House

Latest News!

Kent Island Day 2020!

We are busy getting ready for Kent Island day on Saturday May 16, 2020!  Vendors, authors, crafters, and non-profits can find registration forms here: Kent Island Day Forms.

Visitors and participants can find out more about this fantastic family event here: Kent Island Day Information

 

Visitors stroll through historic Stevensville during Kent Island Day

Kent Island Day visitors enjoy a multitude of exhibits, vendors, entertainers, and food vendors under blue skies.

 

PRESIDENT JACK BRODERICK DISCUSSES KENT ISLAND HISTORY ON WNAV

 

Jack Broderick Interview at WNAV

Jack Broderick in the WNAV studio

 

WNAV Interview with Jack Broderick

KENT ISLAND HERITAGE SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP 2020

The Kent Island Heritage Society is offering a $1000 one-year scholarship
to a graduating senior from Kent Island High School who plans to attend college.

Download the application form and instructions HERE.

Kent Island Heritage Society's president, Jack Broderick, is featured in the new Kent Island Neighbors direct mail magazine!

The article details his involvement in preserving and sharing Kent Island's History. Look for it in your mailbox if you live on Kent Island.

 

Cover photo of President Jack Broderick 

Jack Broderick on the cover of the February 2020 issue of Kent island Neighbors magazine

 

New blacksmith shop at the kirwan house and museum receives the original anvil used by senator james kirwan.

Curtie Chance, friend of the Kirwan family, donated the anvil to be used by Mike Bouchall, resident blacksmith.  If you have any blacksmithing tools you would like to donate to be used in the new blacksmith shop please contact Jack Broderick at (410) 829-7760 or email kent.island.heritage.society@gmail.com

 

Curtie Chance 

Curtie Chance transporting Senator Kirwan's anvil.

 

 

 

Curtie Chance, Linda Collier, and Mike Bouchal 

Curtie Chance, Linda Collier, and Mike Bouchall outside the new Blacksmith Shop at the Kirwan House and Museum

 

 

Curtie Chance, Linda Collier, and Mike Bouchall at the blacksmith shop.

 

amazon smile!Amazon Smile

Do you shop on Amazon.com?  Did you know you can link your AmazonSmile purchases to to your favorite registered charity or non-profit organization?  The Kent Island Heritage Society Inc. is registered.  Simply type in The Kent Island Heritage Society Inc into the search box for ALL  Charities and select it!

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. AmazonSmile will occasionally contact you about donation amounts disbursed to your chosen charity or about the program.

Can I change my charity?

Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”

What charities can I choose from?

You can choose from over one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.  We hope you will select The Kent Island Heritage Society Inc.

The Kent Island Heritage Society launches Historical Presentations.

The Heritage Society has various historical Kent Island presentations available for your school, local organizations, or groups.

Click the link below to read summaries of the historical presentations or download the brochure:

Historical Presentations

Please allow a month's notice and, if possible, we will provide a speaker from the Heritage Society for that interactive session.

Each presentation runs forty-five minutes to an hour.

The Society works diligently to assist our youth and mature history enthusiasts to acquire an appreciation of Kent Island's place in the history of our state and nation.

Welcome to Clio!

Do you use a mobile device (smartphone or tablet)?  Clio is your guide to the history and culture around you.  There are 31,448 historical entries from all across the country. You can now access information about the Kirwan House, General Store, and Museum on your mobile device!  We will be adding other sites in the near future and a walking tour.
Besides text and text to speech, Clio offers Google maps, Streetview, Photos, and more!  Give it a try!  It is available for Android and Apple platforms.  It's FREE!!

 


Historic Christ Church

Great news!!  We have good news to share. Historic Christ Church will
be saved! You may recall from our last newsletter that the County Commissioners had decided to declare Historic Christ Church in Stevensville surplus property - “not needed for any public purpose” and they offered the property for sale!  They ultimately received five proposals for varying uses of the property.  The church is an iconic, historic Kent Island landmark and The Kent Island Heritage Society took a strong public position advocating that the property be owned or controlled, as a public use facility, by a local nonprofit entity with the primary purpose of historic preservation and not operated as a private business.  We are happy to say that the Commissioners made the right decision – to deed the property to the “Friends of Historic Christ Church” as we had recommended.

 

 

Historic Christ Church 

Nancy Cook leads a group of Navy photojournalists on a tour of our historic sites.

 

Nancy Cook leads a group of Navy photojournalists on a tour of our historic sites.

We commend our Commissioners for their decision and look forward to assisting and supporting the “Friends” group to insure that the church is preserved for posterity.

 

StevensvilleTrain Station and Caboose 

Historic Stevensville Train Station and Caboose adjacent to the Cray House and Stevensville Bank.

 

Our Historic Sites are open to the public on the 1st Saturday of every month from April through November, from 12 o'clock noon until 4:00 p.m. with Society docents staffing the sites and providing unique live guided tours appropriate for residents, children, families, students and tourists. Additional tours of the sites may be scheduled by calling 410-758-2502 (Society Board Member Nancy Cook). The Kirwan Store Museum may also be privately scheduled by calling 410-643-2731 (Society Board Member Linda Collier).


We Need Volunteers!!

 

The Kirwan House and Museum 

The Kirwan House, headquarters for the Kent Island Heritage Society

 

Kirwan House and Museum

There are always little jobs that need doing at our historic sites. If you are so inclined and have a little free time, please contact us. Repair a window pane, water some flowers, paint a chair, rake, wash a window, feed the fish, help out with the fish pond, etc, etc., etc., One time or sometimes, your help is needed.  Contact Robert Lowe at kent.island.heritage.society@gmail.com or speak to any Kent Island Heritage Society Board Member.  We are grateful for any help you can offer!  Thanks!


DOCENTS NEEDED

 

Docents Jack Broderick and Linda Collier 

President Jack Broderick and Kirwan House curator Linda Collier pose in the kitchen of the Kirwan House.

 

Do you love History, especially Eastern Shore and Kent Island History?  Here's an opportunity to learn more about our heritage and help educate others by being a docent at one of our Historic Sites

There is no age requirement - we welcome youth and adults!

The Kent Island Heritage Society's Historic Sites are open to the public on the 1st Saturday of every month from April through November, from 12 o'clock noon until 4:00 p.m.  Society docents staff the sites and provide unique, live, guided tours appropriate for residents, children, families, students, and tourists.

For more information please contact Sally Lewis at 443-294-3203; sally.lewis@live.com or Nancy Cook at 410-758-2502 or go to our Docents page.


JOIN THE KENT ISLAND HERITAGE SOCIETY!

 

Nancy Cook displays period artifacts at the Cray House 

Nancy Cook, holding a clay pipe, discusses items used by early inhabitants of Kent Island.

 

Nancy Cook at Cray House Stevensville MD

We are always interested in having individuals, both young and mature, join the Kent Island Heritage Society.   There are many benefits to being a member including the opportunity to learn more about our Kent Island Heritage and support our ongoing activities to preserve the rich history of Maryland's earliest European settlement!  Join, you'll be glad you did!  For more information go to the Membership/Donate page or contact John L. Conley at 703 216 0449 or concomm@atlanticbb.net.