Ocean View Historical Society to host pair of public lectures

Date Published: 
Feb. 2, 2018

The Ocean View Historical Society has a history of wanting to educate locals and visitors alike on the history of Ocean View and its surrounding areas.

The society’s mission is “to preserve, interpret and collect the history of Ocean View and the surrounding Baltimore Hundred area, sharing our past with all communities that comprise the Ocean View area, visitors, and locals; thereby building an identity that will enable us to wisely approach the challenges the future will bring to Delaware’s coastal towns.”

With that in mind, the group hosts history lectures a few times a year.

This Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at Ocean View Town Hall, the society will host its first lecture of the year, “Treasures of the Delaware Public Archives,” presented by Tom Summers of the Delaware Public Archives.

“Tom Summers is one of the most knowledgeable people in the state,” said Carol Psaros, communications director for the society. “As a historian, he’s going to talk about what the State has available that can enhance this project, what it houses in its warehouses and what kinds of functions it has.”

Psaros said Summers will showcase the wide variety of documents, photographs and artifacts the State displays at its many historical sites and has in storage, while also sharing the history of significant events that took place in Delaware.

“We just knew he could share a lot that could relate to our two projects — the Coastal Towns Museum and Hall’s Store,” said Psaros.

Attendees will be able to enjoy light refreshments. Parking is free. OVHS members can attend free of charge, while non-members pay $5 to attend.

“We try to have two or three of these lectures a year,” said Psaros.

The society will also host a lecture on antique Delaware samplers on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. with antique sampler expert Cynthia Steinhoff. The event will be a “show and tell” about antique Delaware samplers from 1750 to 1850, and will be held at Ocean View Presbyterian Church.

Those who attend who may be interested in joining the society may get information at the lectures or through the group’s website.

“We’re always looking for new members who like history and want to work on projects that support local history.”

For more information on the Ocean View Historical Society or to become a member, visit www.ovhistoricalsociety.org.