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Public Forum Will Look Back, Dream Forward, on Chestertown’s Waterfront

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    Washington College rowers and sailors develop a close affinity with the Chester, shown here during a tall ships gathering.
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    Michael Buckley taught students about collecting oral histories in the course, Stories of the Chester River.

Location: Hynson Lounge

April 28, 2015
A town hall meeting hosted by the College will share local memories of life along the Chester, hear an update from the Mayor, and hear what community members hope for in a revitalized waterfront.

CHESTERTOWN, MD—As Chestertown reimagines the future of its 300-year-old waterfront, Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Department of Anthropology will host a public conversation about the community’s past and future possibilities. The event, “Stories of the Chester River: A Waterfront Revisited and Reimagined,” will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, on the college campus. The program and reception are free and open to the public. 

The Chester River has played a vital role in shaping the town and region’s history, culture and economy.  Exploring the intimate connection of people to the waterfront, Washington College students will share the local stories they gathered during interviews for the anthropology class “Stories of the Chester River,” and invited community guests will add their own recollections of living and working along the waterfront in earlier times. Chestertown Mayor Chris Cerino will present the town’s plans for reimagining the waterfront in the 21st century. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to add their perspectives and provide input on the design concepts for Chestertown’s waterfront of the future. 

“Recalling memories of living in Chestertown through past decades with a general focus on the waterfront has helped our students to better understand the process and pace of change at the neighborhood level,” says Michael Buckley, the StoryQuest Program Manager at the Starr Center, who has co-taught the “Stories of the Chester River” class with Lani Seikaly, president of the nonprofit RiverArts. “Sharing the stories of long-time Chestertonians in a public forum can build inspiration and broaden our perspectives about where we have come from and where we choose to go next,” he adds.

Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College is a private, independent college of liberal arts and sciences located in colonial Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience is dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to the American past and present. Through educational programs, scholarship and public outreach, and a special focus on written history, the Starr Center seeks to bridge the divide between the academic world and the public at large.  


Last modified on Apr. 21st, 2015 at 2:45pm by Gray Hughes.