The Historical Society of Kent County announces publication of The Great Explosion, Kent Manufacturing, July 16, 1954

This 60 page book is a compilation of first hand accounts of local residents and copies of newspaper articles describing that terrible day in 1954 when Kent Manufacturing was destroyed in a series of explosions and 11 people were killed.

In September of 2009 the Historical Society of Kent County sponsored a panel discussion where oral histories were collected from people who remembered the day when the explosion literally rocked Chestertown. Thanks to program coordinator Stephen Frohock, Historical Society Board member and Florence Sutton, this publication has captured the history of this day with excerpts from the oral histories, interviews of the time which have never appeared in print, and news sources of that period.

The Great Explosion is available for $10.00 at the Historical Society’s Geddes-Piper House, 101 Church Alley, Chestertown. The Historical Society office is open Tuesday to Friday 10 to 4. The Geddes-Piper House is also open Saturday’s from 1 to 4; if you wish to call in advance to reserve your copy you may pick it up at that time. Please call 410-778-3499.

The Historical Society would like to express its greatest thanks and appreciation to Stephen Frohock and Florence Sutton for all the work they have put into having this book published.


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