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Sotterley Presents: People & Perspectives with Patricia Samford

June 12 @ 7:00 pm

June 12, 2024 – Join us and Dr. Patricia Samford for a speaker event all about the James Adams Floating Theater. In the days before television and computers, residents of coastal Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina anxiously awaited the arrival of the James Adams for an evening of diverting musical and theatrical entertainment. An inspiration for Edna Ferber’s novel, Showboat, this floating theatre was the “…best entertainment going…” along the Chesapeake in the early 20th century.


This event is FREE but registration is required. Registrants are welcome to join us for a pre-reception at 6:15 pm for light refreshments before the event starts.


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Dr. Patricia Samford is the Director of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Prior to receiving her doctorate in Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she was an archaeologist at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for 13 years. Samford is the author of Subfloor Pits and the Archaeology of Slavery in Colonial Virginia (2007) and Below Baltimore: An Archaeology of Charm City (2023), coauthored with Adam Fracchia.


June 12
7:00 pm


Historic Sotterley
44300 Sotterley Lane
Hollywood, MD 20636 United States
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