Author Archives: Mike Dixon

Milford Historical Society Serves as Community’s Heritage Keeper

There are many fine organizations serving as community heritage-keepers, all over Delmarva.  The organizations collect, preserve, and interpret the narratives of earlier times and share those stories with patrons.  As you travel through our many fine old communities this summer, stop and visit a … Continue reading

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Rescue Fire Company of Cambridge on Cover of 1957 Fire Engineering

In December 1957, the Rescue Fire Company station in downtown Cambridge, MD. was decorated for the holidays.  A photographer snapped the attractive picture and the Dorchester County firehouse ran on the cover of fire engineering that month.

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Mob Law on Delmarva, a New Regional Book by Linda Duyer

A new regional title, “Mob Law on Delmarva: Cases of lynching, near-lynchings, and race riots of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, 1870-1950,” has just been published. Its 287-pages seek to answer the question about the prevalence of mob violence in the … Continue reading

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Delaware African-Americans Newspapers Chronicle the Local Story

Delaware has a strong collection of old newspapers available for historical and genealogical research.  These serials, including the city dailies in Wilmington and many weeklies in communities all over New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties, provide an invaluable resource for … Continue reading

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Three Gun Wilson Arrives to Save Delaware From Skullduggery, Evils of Speakeasies and Booze

As the “drys” celebrated their great victory, the passage of the National Prohibition Act, the difficult work of enforcing the law was just beginning.  The 18th amendment banned the production, manufacturing and transportation of alcoholic beverages, but thirsty types wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Worm Moon Rising Over Havre de Grace

At dusk this evening the last full moon of winter, the Worm Moon, was rising over Havre de Grace.  Over by the boardwalk promenade about a dozen photographers gathered to wait as daylight faded and the moon illuminated the Concord … Continue reading

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Searching Maryland’s Online Land Records

Land records are important resource for understanding the past, and Maryland has an online, digital repository to share the instruments recorded in the State.  In this virtual archives the genealogist and historian digging into the past will find deeds, mortgage … Continue reading

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Kent County Presents Spreading the News During the War of 1812 on March 7.

Press Release – The Kent County Historical Society Please join us this Friday, March 7, from 4 to 6 PM for History Happy Hour.  This month’s speaker is Mike Dixon who will talk about “Spreading the News During the War of 1812 on … Continue reading

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White Gold on the Delaware Bay — Documentary Examines History of Oystering in Delaware

A new Delaware video, “White” Gold, shares the story of oystering in the First State.  In the 65-minute production, the documentarian takes a careful look at how maritime communities such as Leipsic, Little Creek, and Bowers Beach prospered on the … Continue reading

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Title Provides Glimpse of African-American History in Talbot County, From Slavery to Modern Era

A Talbot County title published in 1981 came to my attention this week and I spent a few hours late Saturday evening reading some of the chapters.  “Praise the Bridge That Carries You Over:  The Life of Joseph Sutton” by … Continue reading

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