Monday, February 23, 2009

Upcoming Lecture Programs at Historic St. Mary's City

In March, Historic St. Mary's City, the site of Maryland's first capital, will be holding two lecture programs that are free to the public.

Written in Bone: Tales from 17th Century Graves

Dr. Doug Owsley, Division head for Physical Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., will be giving a public lecture on March 21 at 2 PM. The topic of the lecture is Dr. Owsley's investigations of the human bone, both ancient and modern. While trained in the study of ancient skeletal remains, he has also applied his expertise in the area of forensic anthropology. Dr. Owsley recently led the development of the "Written in Bone" exhibit that opened at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in February, which features the story of the lead coffins found at St. Mary's Brick Chapel of 1667.

For more information about the lecture, please contact Historic St. Mary's City at 800-762-1634, 240-895-4990 or visit

Maryland at the Beginning Lecture Program

Historic St. Mary's City is launching the celebration of Maryland's 375th anniversary on March 28 from 1 PM to 5 PM with an afternoon of 30-minute talks by historians and archaeologists on the first decade of the colony. This lecture program has a great line-up of speakers including Dr. John Krugler from Marquette University, Maryland State archivist Dr. Edward Papenfuse, Dr. Gabrielle Tayac from the National Museum of the American Indian, Dr. Garry Wheeler Stone from the Monmouth Battlefield, and Historic St. Mary's City's director of research, Dr. Henry M. Miller.

For more information about the lecture program, please contact Historic St. Mary's City at 800-762-1634, 240-895-4990 or visit
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