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Speaker Series

In 2020, the Lewes Historical Society continues to offer educational and entertaining programs that explore the history of Lewes, the surrounding area, Lewes's unique interaction in the national scene and other related and appealing topics. All of these presentations are open to Society members, residents and visitors of the Lewes community.

Each presentation will be held at the Community Room of the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center at the Lewes History Museum (unless otherwise indicated). Check back with us each month to see what is planned as we will be hosting different speakers on various topics. These events are FREE and do not require a reservation.

Through Jack’s Eyes: The Bombardment of Lewes from the perspective of the British sailor, presented by Andrew J. Lyter                                              

Friday, April 10th from 7 pm to 8 pm

Postponed - Date to be determined

On February 6, 1813, British Admiral Warren officially initiated a Blockade of the Delaware River.  The HMS Poictiers (74) and HMS Belvidera (36), along with other British naval vessels maintained this blockade, and later bombarded Lewes in April 1813.

Minimal research exists on the sailors of the lower deck that crewed these naval vessels, and later bombarded Lewes.  This presentation will highlight the demographics of these crews, their experiences during both the blockade and bombardment, and provide a revised perspective on this conflict through their eyes.

This presentation corresponds with the Lewes Historical Society’s Exhibition Opening this Spring of Breaking Britannia’s Grasp: Lewes, the Royal Navy, and the Legacy of 1812

American Ships Named Delaware: Presented by Bill Manthorpe

Friday May 15th from 7 pm to 8 pm

Postponed - Date to be determined

On April 4, 2020, the submarine named USS Delaware (SSN-791) will be commissioned in Wilmington, Delaware. In recognition of that event, this presentation describes the previous American naval ships named for the first state. The history of those ships illustrates the development of the American Navy and its participation in the nation’s wars. Most importantly, to honor the officers and crew of the new vessel, this presentation highlights a few of the famous and interesting people who have served on previous ships named Delaware.