This free annual event held on Mother’s Day weekend included imaginative flower arrangements inspired from pieces of the Society’s Collection. Displays from the Debedeavon Garden Club, Ye Accawmacke Garden Club, Town & Country Garden Club, and Garden Club of the Eastern Shore were judged by the public, and a People’s Choice Award was given to
Cheryl Gresham & Lynne Calvert of Ye Accawmacke Garden Club.
The Art of Rug Hooking
This special exhibition kicked off the 2014 season with 22 eye catching hooked rugs portraying a historic craft with a modern twist. Each piece was intricately designed by local Eastern Shore artisans of the Society’s Rug Hooking Interest Group. Hooked rugs were functional art, an art created from need, poverty, and practicality.
Audubons, Maps and Redoute Botanicals
The Historical Society welcomed over 700 students, members and visitors to view this special exhibition featuring original Virginia maps, Audubon prints and plates, and Redouté botanical studies. A special thank you to world renowned art dealer, Graham Arader for lending us these rarely seen pieces.
Farming Life on the Shore
Over 250 people experienced this exhibit based on the work and research of Dr. Lee Bloxom about farming life during the mid-20th century. Since May 2009 Dr. Bloxom recorded and transcribed fifty-four interviews with men and women from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. They shared stories of farm work, of shared meals and simple entertainment. Through their stories, they revealed a relationship with a particular place, with land and a local geography where most have lived an entire lifetime and all have family roots. Grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the PNC Foundation provided financial support for this oral history project.