COURSE CANCELLED. How and why were people memorialized on the Delmarva Peninsula?  What has happened to those memorials in the face of changing times and eroding shorelines?  This Monumental History will look at graveyards, monuments, and other tributes to the departed and their fate in the 21st century.

The “Monumental City” of Baltimore was not the only place in Maryland where tributes were dedicated to the memory of the departed.  It happened across the Delmarva Peninsula in big and humble ways. Join us in considering how people were memorialized on the peninsula and what the state of those memorials is today in the 21st century. 

Phil will examine the following topics to pursue the history of memory: 

1) George Washington and the College – An Early Tribute

2) The Churchyard & the Front Yard – The First Burials

3) Heroes Remembered and Forgotten – Thomas Holliday Hicks and the Fallen of Salisbury 

4) Signs of the Times – Winder, Tubman, the Boys, and the Forgotten. 

Participants will delve into the stories of the monuments of Delmarva and their fate in the face of changing times and eroding shorelines.

Please note: The mailer incorrectly said this course is on Thursdays. It is in fact on Wednesdays.

Feedback from past courses with Phil:

“Philip Hesser provided a lot of background information before the sessions. He was very knowledgeable and encouraged a lot of questions.”

“The instructor was well prepared and provided a variety of readings before each of the classes. I found it interesting that the instructor was able to weave so many different themes together. He used many positive teaching strategies which encouraged the learners to participate and he showed he valued our responses.”

“Very informative and obvious that Dr. Hesser did excellent research to prepare for the course.”

“Extremely interesting! well presented. Loved it!”

“Philip Hesser is very knowledgeable and well prepared. He asks good questions to keep participants involved. It might have been better with more participants.”

HYBRID COURSE.  You may attend in-person at the Easton Peachblossom YMCA, by Zoom, or Recording

4 Sessions |Wednesdays | Mar 2, 9, 16, 23 | 10-11:30am | $40 

Phil Hesser, Ph.D.

Phillip Hesser has taught in the US and Africa and served with the UNHCR and the Academy for Educational Development. Most recently, he has taught at Salisbury University and Wor-Wic Community College. He now spends his time delving into the deep history of Delmarva and the Chesapeake Bay watershed and running the Dorchester marshes with his pint-sized retriever Marshall and hound Bayly. Indulging his interests at the intersection of landscape, life & livelihood, he wrote “What a River Says: Exploring the Blackwater River and Refuge” and co-wrote (with Charlie Ewers) “Harriet Tubman’s Eastern Shore: The Old Home Is Not There”

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