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David Library hosts talk on Revolutionary women of the Eastern Shore


“Unbroken Reeds: Eastern Shore Women and the American Revolution” is the topic of a special lecture being presented at the David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, at 3 p.m. Nov. 2.

The Keynote speaker will be Kellee Green Blake, the retired director of the National Archives Mid-Atlantic Region in Philadelphia. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Lower Makefield Historical Society and the David Library of the American Revolution.

For women on the remotest parts of the Delmarva Peninsula, the American Revolution presented itself on land and sea, in church and town square, and in the divided loyalties of pervasively tied families.

Virginia’s Margaret Cropper, Maryland’s Arianna Margaretta Chalmers, and so many others in this “peculiar” Tidewater landscape redefined themselves during the war. Whether idealized or ostracized, bankrupted or even banished by the decisions of others, Eastern Shore women displayed fierce independence as Patriots, Loyalists, and seekers of freedom.

Learn more about these remarkable women during this free lecture. Registration is required at or 215-493-6776.