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Rehoboth history lecture to explore Depression-era changes March 14

February 11, 2024

The next Rehoboth Beach History Lecture, covering “Depression Era Rehoboth and the Greek Families that Revived It,” is set for 7:15 p.m., Thursday, March 14, in the Sussex Room at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel. Paul Lovett, creator of the miniature village diorama of 1910 Railroad Era Rehoboth, will moderate.

The Great Depression, spawned by the stock market crash of 1929, lasted throughout the 1930s. For a variety of reasons, Rehoboth survived that period fairly well. Paul McGehee, a prolific and widely acclaimed artist, created the two accompanying scenes of the early 1930s Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Both pictures are very reflective of the Rehoboth of the times, but they disguise the difficulty with which Rehoboth businesses operated during the Depression era. Several families from Greece played vital roles in helping Rehoboth endure that period and positioning the town for its thriving future.

A donation of $25 is requested for the lecture. Proceeds in excess of expenses will go to sustain the diorama project. To reserve a seat, call Lovett at 302-893-9391.

Attendees are encouraged to begin with dinner in the beautiful Victoria’s Restaurant next to the lecture venue. Reservations should be made for 5:30 p.m. or earlier to allow time for an enjoyable meal before the presentation begins; call 302-227-0615 to reserve dinner seats.

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