KENT ISLAND'S ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURES AND WHAT THEY TELL US.
Noted archaeologist, Dr. Darrin Lowery, shared his experience, insight, and some of his artifacts at his presentation entitled “Kent Island’s Archaeological Treasures and What They Tell Us” recently on Wednesday, March 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the Historic Christ Church in Stevensville. The presentation was well attended filling the church to capacity. Dr. Lowery will be in attendance at the 2019 Kent Island Day Saturday May 18 so bring your artifacts or look at his displays!
More information HERE.
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES -IHOP FUNDRAISER
On Thursday January 17, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 20% of each meal purchase at the Kent Island IHOP (300 Abruzzi Dr, Chester, MD 21619) was donated to the Kent Island Heritage Society!
Thanks for helping us continue our efforts to discover, identify, restore, and preserve the heritage of Kent Island for future generations.
4th Annual History Summit
Heritage Area Teams with Kennard Alumni to Host Bull and Oyster Roast
Experience Eastern Shore tradition at a Bull and Oyster Roast from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 at the Kennard High School Cultural Heritage Center, located at 410 Little Kidwell Avenue in Centreville
The event is sponsored by the Kennard Alumni Association and Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area. Oyster roasts and fish fries are a long-standing tradition that celebrates the bounty of the Chesapeake region.
Guests will feast on pit beef and fried oysters by Paul Gunther, and fish fried by local fry master Melvin Shorter - all while supporting programs to preserve, promote, and interpret the Eastern Shore's cultural, natural, and historic resources. Oysters on the half shell from Harris's and a local dessert bar will also be available for purchase.
Tickets cost $40 if and can be purchased online.
All proceeds benefit the programs of Stories of the Chesapeake and Kennard Alumni. For more information, call 410-827-8684, 410-778-1460, or visit storiesofthechesapeake.org
Tickets are available at
2018 FALL PICNIC - Cancelled!
Although the weather has interfered with some of our outdoor activities this year we have have been plenty busy and there is still lots to explore and learn about Kent Island heritage! Historic sites are still open the first Saturday of October and November, our annual Brunch is December 9, and we will be visiting Kent Island schools to present unique educational experiences related to Kent Island history! Much, much more is happening so visit our Facebook, Twitter, and website often to learn what is happening!
Each year the Kent Island Heritage Society (KIHS) hosts a Fall Picnic for Members and guests at the historic Kirwan Farm! Our Old Fashioned Picnic is free to Members and their guests.The Society provides fried chicken, hot dogs, iced tea, lemonade, games, entertainment and coffee. Bring your lawn chair, a covered dish to share and join us for hay rides, corn hole, genealogists, children's games, music, a 50/50 raffle, demonstrations and displays.
Journey Through Maryland History: History Quest through Queen Anne’s County
What a great idea this couple (Diane and Jeff Caslow) had to learn the history of our land and people!
Diane and Jeff Caslow
Jeff Caslow with our very own Linda Collier, curator of the Kirwan House!
Bay Bridge: past, present, future | Spotlight | myeasternshoremd.com
Select this LINK to read the Spotlight article covering our March 2018 Bay Bridge meeting held at the Historic Christ Church in Stevensville, MD.
2018 Kent Island Heritage Society Scholarship
Congratulations to Kylie DeVincentz, graduating senior at Kent Island High School
#kentislandhighschool! She will be attending the University of Calgary in the Fall! We wish Kylie the best in her academic studies and her future endeavors!
Each year the Kent Island Heritage Society awards a $1000 scholarship to a graduating senior of Kent Island High School who plans on attending college. The scholarship is competitive and is judged on the following criteria:
- a second-generation Kent Island native, at least one parent born on Kent Island
- GPA of 3.0 or better
- community service
- letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor
- high school transcript
- a one page essay on the importance of preserving the heritage of Kent Island including a one paragraph biographical sketch
Deadline is April 30 of the year the scholarship is awarded.
For more information regarding the 2019 scholarship please contact Nancy Cook, 124 Bryce Road Queenstown, MD 21658 410-758-2505.
Annual Kent Island Heritage Society Members Chester River Dinner Cruise Aboard the "Chester River Packet".
Dockside - QA heritage and Visitor Center
425 Piney Narrows Road
Kent Narrows, Chester
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.
RSVP - June 16, 2018 - Seating Limited
Note: "A great time was had by all"!
Kent Island Day 2018 may have been cancelled due to rain but our spirit is not dampened!
2018 Kent Island Day Cancelled!
Due to several days of rain we had to cancel the 2018 Kent Island Day. Unfortunately no rain date is available. However, we are already planing for Kent Island Day 2019!! Check our website for updates and events; follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook; and, of course, consider becoming a member or benefactor of our great organization!
KENT ISLAND EXPANSION AND RENOVATION PROJECT UPDATE
Manns Woodward Studio formally presented the most popular plan (~12,220 sq ft) to the County Commissioners Tuesday, February 13, 2018. The total cost of the project is estimated to be between 6-8 million dollars. Support for the much needed expansion is not in question but how to pay for it. Please let your Commissioner know we need the expansion and the inclusion of our Local History Room! Watch the presentation here starting at the 144:20 mark.
NEW!!! Library Expansion FAQs! Don't forget to support our Kent Island Heritage Society History Room in the new plans!
LINDA COLLIER INDUCTED INTO THE MARYLAND SENIOR CITIZENS HALL OF FAME 2017
Board member, Linda Collier, was recently inducted into the prestigious Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame 2017. Those of you that have had the pleasure to meet or work with Linda find her youthful enthusiasm and energy contagious! We are truly blessed to have her as a member of our board. She is currently the curator of the Kirwan House and Museum. You can read more about the James E. Kirwan House under the Historic Sites tab and The Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame here.
CURATORSHIP OF HISTORIC SITE IS FILLED!
The Historic Christ Church Rectory (ca.1840 -1855) has a new curator! Please check back to learn about future renovations and activities.