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.
NOTED ARCHAEOLOGIST TO SPEAK
Noted archaeologist, Dr. Darrin Lowery, will discuss “Kent Island’s Archaeological Treasures and What They Tell Us”. He will share his experience, insight, and some of his artifacts at on Wednesday, March 20, at 7:00 p.m. at Historic Christ Church in Stevensville. It promises to be a fascinating evening. The public is invited. For more information call Jack at 410-829-7760.
More information HERE.
KENT ISLAND DAY 2019 FORMS
Forms for Vendor, Craft Demonstrator, Author, Food & Frozen Novelties, and Non-Profit participants for our May 18, 2019 Kent Island Day can be found here. Space is limited. To ensure your participation please pay attention to the deadlines.
$1000 SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE
The Kent Island Heritage Society, Inc. is pleased to award a $1000 scholarship to a Kent Island High School graduating senior who is able to meet the required criteria. Deadline is April 30. A committee will meet and select the recipient. The scholarship will be awarded during the senior assembly in May.
The Society has awarded over $10,000 since 2001 and we feel privileged to be able to be a part of the financial aid that a college student might need.
Below is a list of past recipients:
2001 – Jennifer Michelle Reamy
2003 - Carla Chance
2005 - John W. Hamilton
2006 – Jackie Lynn Stowe
2007 - Sarah Scharnus
2008 - Erin Lynne Kelley
2009 – Danae Latrese Brown
2010 – Peter J. Molnar, III
2011 - Iris Spik
2013 - Kendal Nicole Ruth
2014 - Rebecca Lee Molnar
2015 – Kelasia Coates
2016 – Lily Spik
2018 – Kylie DeVincentz
KIRWAN HOUSE TO BE FEATURED ON THE 2019 MARYLAND HOUSE AND GARDEN PILGRIMAGE OF QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY
The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage has been in existence since the 1930’s and is the oldest tour in the State of Maryland. Its mission since its inception is to raise funds to preserve and restore architecturally significant properties in the State of Maryland. Therefore, the proceeds from the annual pilgrimage are used to fund historic restoration projects in each of the counties on tour each year.
Five counties are on tour each year, on a rotation basis. The tours are held in April and May. Queen Anne’s County is one of the 5 counties on tour in 2019, organized by the Queen Anne’s County Garden Club. Along with Queen Anne’s—Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Carroll County, and Charles County will participate in 2019.
Significant 17th and 18th century properties, as well as other historic venues, are on the Queen Anne’s County tour, set for May 4, 2019.
- Stoopley-Gibson Manor House
- Kirwan House and General Store
- St. Peter the Apostle Church
- The Hermitage
- The Gunston School
- Silk Farm
- A 1923 Sears Roebuck Kit House
- The historic Kennard High School
KI Heritage Society Instructs Students on Local History
You can read the full story here. All photos courtesy of Doug Bishop, Kent Island Bay Times.
KENT ISLAND HERITAGE SOCIETY ESTABLISHES BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP
To help the local business community show its support for the preservation and sharing of Kent Island’s special history, the Kent Island Heritage Society (KIHS) has established a new Business Membership category. In addition to enhancing the KIHS education efforts, business members will receive a membership sign and KIHS materials to display in their places of business as well as recognition as a KIHS Supporter in the Society’s quarterly newsletters and on the KIHS website. The new Business Membership fee is $50. KIHS uses local businesses whenever possible and recently joined the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce. Businesses can register on the KIHS website kentislandheritagesociety.org or send payment to KIHS P.O Box 321, Stevensville MD 21666. For more information call John Conley at 443/249-5185.
Individual Life Membership $250.00
Business Membership $50.00
Non Profit Membership $40.00
Family Membership $25.00
Single Membership $15.00
KIHS is a private 501©(3) nonprofit organization and dues are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
KIRWAN HOUSE RECEIVES A SURPRISE VISIT!
THE RAILROAD ON KENT ISLAND
The Kent Island Heritage Society had a display about the role of the railroad on Kent Island at the Museum of Eastern Shore Life Festival of Trains held recently. There were four stations on Kent Island: Love Point, Stevensville, Chester and Kent Narrows. We maintain a historic station in Stevensville. Many thanks to the Queen Anne’s Railroad Society for providing us space at this popular event and to John Conley for creating the display.
US NAVY PERSONNEL TOUR SITES
Thirty-six Navy sailor photojournalists from the DOD Communication Course at Ft. Meade while performing community service for the Kent Island Federation of the Arts (rehabbing the KIFA "Art House") toured our Historic Stevensville sites to help get oriented to Kent Island. Most, if not all, of the young men and women had never crossed the Bay Bridge. Tours were provided on August 18 and August 25. We anticipate additional tours in the future and other potential community service "possibilities" with the Navy
BRINGING KENT ISLAND HISTORY TO KENT ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
Beginning this September, we embarked on an exciting new project that promises to help stimulate interest in our heritage and history far into the future. Developed and lead by Mark Lidinsky, board member and local author, and a supporting cast of board members 50 freshmen and sophomore students are being presented with a five-part series on Kent Island History: students were also given a tour of our historic sites. In addition, as part of their teacher work day, Kent Island High School teachers and administrators were also given tours of the historic sites. Many thanks to Mark Lidinsky for coordinating the program together with Kent Island High School Principal, John Schrecongost!
TOUR OF STEVENSVILLE AND CHESTER HISTORIC SITES
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).
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
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 email@example.com or speak to any Kent Island Heritage Society Board Member. We are grateful for any help you can offer! Thanks!
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; firstname.lastname@example.org or Nancy Cook at 410-758-2502 or go to our Docents page.
Join the Kent island Heritage Society!
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 email@example.com.