Retired naval officer to speak at Rehoboth museum Sept. 19

Lecture will include Delaware's naval heroes of 1812
September 5, 2013
Jacob Jones was a Delawarean and naval hero of the War of 1812. SOURCE SUBMITTED

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. William Manthorpe will introduce Jacob Jones and Thomas MacDonough, Delaware’s two naval heroes of the War of 1812, during a lecture at the Rehoboth Beach Museum at 7 p.m., Thursday,  Sept. 19. In the discussion, Manthorpe will describe the two men’s battles and the significance of their victories in determining the course taken during the war.

The museum is at 511 Rehoboth Ave. Reservations are required for this event. Call 302-227-7310 to reserve a seat. The presentation is free for members. Nonmembers are asked to make a donation.

Manthorpe is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate. After 24 years of service he retired as a captain. As a naval intelligence officer, duty assignments included overseas, at sea and in Washington, D.C. After Manthorpe left the Navy, he served another 16 years as a senior civilian executive in the office of the chief of Naval Operations. At the end of his civilian service Manthorpe retired as deputy director of Naval Intelligence. He has been an adjunct professor at various military and civilian universities and is now teaching at Del Tech.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Parking is available at the museum and is handicapped-accessible.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum will also host the following events:

On Sept. 19 is the museum’s Jolly Trolley Tour, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Anna Hazzard Museum House, 11 Christian St. Call for reservations, 302-227-7310.

At 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, in a Beach Eats Forum, Rehoboth’s past and present restaurateurs will tell their stories.  Panel members will include Nancy Wolfe Wayson, Keith Fitzgerald, Sydney Artz, Terry Plowman and others.

At 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, Dogfish Head Brew Pub, 320 Rehoboth Ave., will host a documentary on oysters and the opportunity to enjoy them. This event will be held in conjunction with the Beach Eats exhibit now on display at the museum.


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