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Museum On Main Street: “A Walk Through Working Chestertown” led by Starr Center Deputy Director Patrick Nugent

Date: 10:00am EDT May 6, 2017

Two walking tours, April 29 and May 6, led by Starr Center Deputy Director Pat Nugent

If the warm weather makes you itch to get outside, upcoming walking tours provide opportunities to venture forth and explore some unique aspects of Kent County’s work history.

A walking tour of downtown Chestertown is planned in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s “The Way We Worked” traveling exhibition now on display at Sumner Hall. Led by Patrick Nugent, Deputy Director of Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the tour will focus on the intersection of work history and African American history.  Starting at Sumner Hall, the tour will wind its way through several historic African American neighborhoods, such as Scott’s Point and Santiago, tracking the expansion of African American work and culture from the riverfront to uptown factories and mills. Along the way, current and former residents will share their stories of work with stops at Church Alley, Janes Church, Cannon Street, the former Walley Funeral Home, Henry Highland Garnet Elementary School, and the site of the Uptown Club.


Tour Dates, Times, and Locations:

“A Walk Through Working Chestertown”

Saturday, April 29th: 10 AM - 1 PM, Starts at Sumner Hall, 206 S. Queen St., Chestertown. Reservations recommended.

Saturday, May 6: 10 AM - 1 PM, Starts at Sumner Hall, 206 S. Queen St., Chestertown. Reservations recommended.

Patrick Nugent is a writer, educator, historical tour guide, and Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies. His research and teaching efforts investigate the intersections between place, race, and environment. At Washington College, he teaches environmental and cultural studies in addition to spearheading public history projects focused on the history of the Chesapeake Bay.

His dissertation, “The Urban Environmental Order: Planning and Politics in New York City’s ‘Last Frontier,’” traces the interconnected histories of civil rights and modern environmentalism on Staten Island. A series of his essays exploring the borough’s mid-century history was featured on AHA Today and awarded the American Historical Association’s Annual Blog Prize. His article, “From the Richmond Parkway to the Staten Island Greenbelt: The Rise of Ecological Zoning in New York City,” will soon appear in Journal of Planning History.

For reservations email: aceruzzi2@washcoll.edu