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Lewes Lunch & Learn February 13

The next Lewes Lunch & Learn is on Friday, February 13, as Dan Parsons presents "An Oral History of the African American Richard Allen School in Georgetown, Delaware"

Dan Parsons is currently the Historic Preservation Planner and Records Manager for Sussex County, Delaware, in charge of determining the relative cultural and historic resources of Sussex, as well as managing and organizing records material generated by certain county departments.  Prior to his work in Sussex, he was Curator and Folklorist for the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, responsible for publications and exhibitions and all public programs dealing with the traditional arts and heritage of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  Dan has a B.A. in History from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Environmental History from Salisbury University.  His research dealt extensively with the history and culture of local maritime communities, and he is committed to help educate people about the communities of the Delmarva and their customs.

His life before Sussex and the Ward was in the world of radio where he spent five years as a feature reporter and producer for Public Radio Delmarva, highlighting the people and places important to the region.  While folklorist, Dan organized, presented and produced installments of Delmarva Cooks; a cooking show highlighting the culinary traditions of the Eastern Shore, edited the Ward Museum publication Wildfowl Art, was curator of more than ten exhibits, administered several grants dealing directly with promoting, presenting, and documenting the heritage of the area, and worked tirelessly to promote the mission of the Ward Museum.  Since becoming Historic Preservation Planner for Sussex County, Dan has engaged eagerly with the public in promoting the history and heritage of Sussex County.  He hopes to both, aid the county in its efforts to preserve its character, promote the customs and heritage important to its citizens, and assist those interested with connecting to local and state agencies whose goals are to preserve the history and heritage of Sussex County.

Dan Parsons will share his findings from a recent oral history project based on accounts from a local all black Du Pont school.  The Richard Allen School, named for a founder of a local A.M.E. Church, was one of 89 schools built with funds from Pierre S. Du Pont during an era of segregation in Delaware.  Appalled by Delaware’s segregated schools Du Pont spent more than $6 million to build African-American schools throughout the state. Hear the stories and challenges that were experienced by students, teachers, and administrators during a not too distant past.

The Lewes Historical Society hosts a series of presentations called “Lewes Lunch & Learns,” which include various topics relating to the history of Lewes and surrounding area. This series is sponsored by Hotel Rodney and led by local history buffs, heritage area experts, and museum professionals. Lectures take place the second Friday of each month, through May, in the downstairs meeting room of the Hotel Rodney at the corner of Second and Market Streets. The program begins at noon; doors open at 11:30am. Space is limited.  Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. These events are free and open to the public.  You may bring a brown bag lunch or select from a set $10 menu provided by the Rose & Crown.

The $10 lunch option on February 13 will be Pot Roast and Chocolate Chip or Sugar Cookie. If you plan to order lunch, please email [email protected] with your name and number in your party.

For a complete listing of Lewes Lunch & Learns, and to learn more about The Lewes Historical Society, please visit or call 302-645-7670.