Susquehanna Lock House Museum sets Shank Lecture Series

In 2020, one of the really dynamic historical lecture series in the region will feature talks on horse racing, slavery and freedom, and old Maryland recipes—with samples.

Join Harford County Historical Society Director Maryanna Skowronski for a talk on early horse racing in Maryland on January 15. Her presentation will include vintage film of races, with a focus on the history of The Graw, which was the popular racing venue in Havre de Grace. The Graw also brought some of the more nefarious elements of the 1920s to town, including gamblers, gangsters … and politicians. 

On February 12, engage in an eye-opening retrospective of slavery and freedom on Maryland’s Eastern Shore leading up to the Civil War. Jacqueline Simmons Hedberg, author of Plantations, Slavery and Freedom on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, tells the story of the black experience through the narratives of six African Americans, both free and enslaved. These men and women played a key economic role in the economy of old Maryland, but this talk will also share true stories of courage, cruelty, hope, and heartbreak. Last year, I saw the author speak at Mount Harmon Plantation and her talk was engaging and informative.

Historic food blogger Kara Mae Harris, whose work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun and Atlas Obscura, presents her journal into collecting and preserving old Maryland recipes, from white potato pie to muskrat to terrapin soup. As an added bonus, at the March 14 talk you can sample some of the vintage Maryland desserts that Harris has researched and written about. 

This free lecture series is brought to you by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, sponsored by Stephens & Stephens Clocks of Havre de Grace. All talks take place at the 7 pm at the Havre de Grace Opera House. To reserve your seat, please visit

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