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In 2022, the Lewes Historical Society continues to offer educational and entertaining programs that explore the history of Lewes, the surrounding area. All of these presentations are open to Society members, residents, and visitors of the Lewes community.

Presentations are held at the Lewes History Museum located at 101 Adams Avenue, Lewes. Check out the topics scheduled below. These events are FREE and do not require a reservation.

American Naval Ships Named Delaware and Those Who Built Them and Sailed in Them

Date: December 9, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Presented By: William Manthorpe
Numerous designers, naval constructors, and shipyards contributed to the seaworthiness and warfighting capabilities embodied in American naval ships named "Delaware".  
 
Many heroes, famous officers and dedicated sailors sailed in them, making history while raising the professional standards and creating new traditions for the fleet. Their service and efforts are the story as recounted by retired Navy Captain and senior naval intelligence officer, Bill Manthorpe. 

Captain Gilbert McCracken, Pilot of the Bay and River Delaware

Date: January 13, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Presented By: Bill Hicks
Captain Gilbert McCracken, Pilot of the Bay and River Delaware and a lifetime Lewes resident,
lived a fascinating life. McCracken was a young sailor in the Revolutionary War, on-site at the
sinking of the HMS DeBraak, and an early salvager of that same ship seven years later.  McCracken was a defender of Lewestown during the bombardment of 1813, and a contemporary and acquaintance of governors. Join Bill Hicks for this presentation that will explore that life through letters, documents, and newspaper articles from the period. Bill is the LHS Historic Campus Coordinator. In his historic interpretations, he often assumes the character of Captain McCracken.