The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University will host An Evening in Old Lewestown during the center's annual fundraiser, 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Lewes Historical Society grounds in Lewes.
Named after Dorchester County attorney, engineer, pilot, philanthropist and avid historian Edward Harwood Nabb, the center's mission is to cultivate and sustain the advancement of scholarly research through collecting, preserving, disseminating and providing access to records and artifacts which illustrate the rich historical and cultural heritage of the greater Delmarva region. The Nabb Center is dedicated to the preservation and study of the unique history and rich heritage of the Delmarva Peninsula.
Since its humble beginnings in the offices of Dr. G. Ray Thompson and Sylvia Bradley, SU professors of history, the Nabb Center has provided a central repository for materials pertaining to tri-state lower Delmarva and research space for students, historians and citizens to study the history of the region. The center has grown immensely since its inception more than 30 years ago and, with the support of the public, looks forward to continued future growth.
Each spring, the Nabb Center Board of Directors hosts an event to raise funds and awareness about the center and to showcase a significant historic site in the lower Delmarva region. This year's event returns to Delaware.
Founded in 1962, the Lewes Historical Society promotes, preserves and enhances the unique history of the first town in the First State. The society grounds feature 12 historic structures, including nine museums. From the gift shop on Second Street, the Ryves Holt House - constructed in 1665, and recognized as the oldest house in Delaware - to the Midway School House constructed in 1898, visitors may take a trip back in time and develop an appreciation for how much the area has changed, yet stayed the same.
The award-winning complex will be open to event ticket holders for guided tours. An added feature starting at 2:30 p.m. for early-bird ticket purchasers is a free tour of Lewes on the Jolly Trolley hosted by retired Delaware State Archivist Russ McCabe. Food for the evening will be prepared by SoDel Concepts' Plate Catering.
The evening features food, music and drinks, and a silent auction at the complex at 110 Shipcarpenter St.. Tickets are $75 and are sold in advance only.
For tickets and more information go to nabbhistory.salisbury.edu or call 410-543-6312.