EVENTS AT THE HOLT CENTER

All events on this page are free and  take place at SEF’s Holt Center: 200 S. Cross St. in Chestertown.

Holt Center | Saturday, November 2 | 5:00pm
When Captain John Smith arrived in Virginia in 1607, he discovered a paradise in the Chesapeake Bay. In the centuries that followed, the Bay changed vastly―and not for the better. Read More
Tom Pelton: The Chesapeake in FocusHolt Center | Saturday, November 2 | 5:00pm

When Captain John Smith arrived in Virginia in 1607, he discovered a paradise in the Chesapeake Bay. In the centuries that followed, the Bay changed vastly―and not for the better. European landowners and enslaved Africans slashed, burned, and cleared the surrounding forests to grow tobacco. Watermen overfished oysters, shad, and sturgeon, decimating these crucial species. Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond used its rivers as urban sewers. By the 1960s, the Chesapeake was dying.

A crossroads of life and culture, the Chesapeake straddles the North and the South, mixes salt water with fresh, and is home to about 18 million people and 3,600 species of animals and plants. Although recent cleanup efforts have improved its overall health, they have not been enough to save this national treasure. In The Chesapeake in Focus, award-winning writer Tom Pelton examines which environmental policies have worked and which have failed.

Based on Pelton’s extensive experience as a journalist and as the host of the public radio program The Environment in Focus, this sweeping talk will take you t on a tour of the histories of the Chesapeake, as well as the ecological challenges faced by its major tributaries. Pelton will touch on the management of blue crabs, striped bass, and other delicious wildlife, profile leaders and little-known characters involved in the restoration campaign, and warn of the dangers of anti-regulatory politics that threaten to reverse what has been accomplished. Looking to the future, Pelton offers a provocative vision of the hard steps that must be taken if we truly want to save the Bay.

Holt Center | Saturday, November 2 | 3:00pm
Former Director of the Scottish Maritime Museum, Jim Tildesley, will discuss his recently published biography of John Inglis, “I am Determined to Live or Die on Board My Ship.” The Read More
Jim Tildesley-On Admiral InglisHolt Center | Saturday, November 2 | 3:00pm

Former Director of the Scottish Maritime Museum, Jim Tildesley, will discuss his recently published biography of John Inglis, “I am Determined to Live or Die on Board My Ship.” The life of John Inglis was so epic, it could have been a work of fiction. Starting as a midshipman in battles against the French and Dutch, Inglis went on to assume command of the Royal Navy schooner SULTANA (yes – that SULTANA!) at the age of 25, before ultimately ascending to the rank of Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy. Along the way Inglis hunted smugglers on the American coast, dined with George Washington, and was held prisoner aboard his own ship during a mutiny. Inglis’ story is a captivating one and Tildesley is the perfect historian to tell it.

Holt Center | Saturday, November 2 | 10:00am-4:00pm
Stop by Sultana’s Holt Education Center for a variety of Family-friendly activities that are sure to engage and entertain your entire group. More details coming soon!
Family ActivitiesHolt Center | Saturday, November 2 | 10:00am-4:00pm

Stop by Sultana’s Holt Education Center for a variety of Family-friendly activities that are sure to engage and entertain your entire group. More details coming soon!

Holt Center | Friday, November 1 | 7:00pm
A “Forgotten Journey” no more, Sweden’s long and special relationship with America began in 1638 when the KALMAR NYCKEL made its first epic transatlantic voyage to establish the colony of Read More
Movie: Kalmar Nyckel, The Forgotten JourneyHolt Center | Friday, November 1 | 7:00pm

A “Forgotten Journey” no more, Sweden’s long and special relationship with America began in 1638 when the KALMAR NYCKEL made its first epic transatlantic voyage to establish the colony of New Sweden in the Delaware Valley. This exciting film features stunning sailing sequences aboard today’s KALMAR NYCKEL and commentary from some of the world’s leading experts who bring fresh insights and a maritime perspective to this overlooked chapter in America’s colonial history. The ships’s talented volunteer crew and captains star in this beautiful documentary!

Holt Center | Saturday, November 2 | 10:00am-4:00pm
Visit the Project Shop at Sultana’s Holt Education Center to see a variety of ship models and talk to their builders about the care and creation of the models.
Model Ships and BoatsHolt Center | Saturday, November 2 | 10:00am-4:00pm

Visit the Project Shop at Sultana’s Holt Education Center to see a variety of ship models and talk to their builders about the care and creation of the models.

Holt Center | Saturday, November 2 | 10:00am-3:00pm
Check out the Maryland Department of Natural Resources exhibit of live raptors, owls and reptiles. This is always a huge hit!
Scales and TalesHolt Center | Saturday, November 2 | 10:00am-3:00pm

Check out the Maryland Department of Natural Resources exhibit of live raptors, owls and reptiles. This is always a huge hit!

Holt Center | Sunday, November 3 | 10:30am-3:00pm
Visit the Sultana Education Foundation’s LEED Platinum Holt Center in Chestertown. One of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the Mid-Atlantic, the Holt Center features the largest high-resolution map of Read More
Holt Center Open HouseHolt Center | Sunday, November 3 | 10:30am-3:00pm

Visit the Sultana Education Foundation’s LEED Platinum Holt Center in Chestertown. One of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the Mid-Atlantic, the Holt Center features the largest high-resolution map of the Chesapeake Bay in the world, an “estuarium” filled with creatures from the Chesapeake, and loads more.

Holt Center | Sunday, November 3 | 11:00am
Using the Sultana Education Foundation’s state-of-the art GIS presentation theater, Native Americans of the Chesapeake Bay explores the history and culture of people native to the Chesapeake Bay region, spanning Read More
Native Americans of the Chesapeake BayHolt Center | Sunday, November 3 | 11:00am

Using the Sultana Education Foundation’s state-of-the art GIS presentation theater, Native Americans of the Chesapeake Bay explores the history and culture of people native to the Chesapeake Bay region, spanning from 1400 years ago to present day. Make sure to stick around after the presentation to check out all of Sultana’s new Native American artifacts! Narrated by Chris Cerino.

Holt Center | Sunday, November 3 | 2:00pm
Chesapeake Through the Ages visualizes 35 million years of Bay history using Sultana’s GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Theatre. This cutting-edge system transforms the Swain Geography Classroom in Sultana’s Holt Education Read More
Chesapeake Through the AgesHolt Center | Sunday, November 3 | 2:00pm

Chesapeake Through the Ages visualizes 35 million years of Bay history using Sultana’s GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Theatre. This cutting-edge system transforms the Swain Geography Classroom in Sultana’s Holt Education Center into a 1,000 square-foot living map of the Chesapeake. Not to be missed! Narrated by Chris Cerino