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Friends of the G.A.R. – A Very Timely and Historic Project

How timely! Historian David W. Blight’s Memorial Day New York Times article highlights the history we are commemorating here in Chestertown, Maryland.

We feel fortunate to be in step with this enlightening historical commentary, just as the Kent County Arts Council community seeks to create a history and cultural heritage center in the building which was built and used by the members of Grand Army of the Republic, Charles Sumner Post # 25.  The structure is one of only two African American G.A.R. Halls left standing in the United States.

For more information on how you can become a Friend of the G.A. R. and help us with this historic project visit our site.


Merry, Merry Artistic Month of May in Chestertown!

Chestertown’s First Friday in May is full of many wonderful events.
Please join us from 5:00 to 8:00 pm for this amazing roster of artistic events.

  • Faith Wilson‘s art at Chestertown Old Book Co.
    113 Cross Street
  • Music and poetry will be performed at Ortiz Studios
    207 S. Cross Street.
    Musicians — Meredith Hadaway, Ben Bennington, Rebecca Hardy and Bob Ortiz
    Poets: Meredith Hadaway and Jehanne Dubrow
  • Artworks gallery’s show is entitled “Nature’s Palette”
    306 Park Row.
  • Chestertown Arts League‘s show “Second Look” will feature the plein air paintings of participants in the Paint the Town festival held last weekend.

PS: Join Vince and Leslie Raimond as they celebrate their 44th Wedding Anniversary with everyone at First Friday!


An invitation…

Kent County Arts Council is pleased to invite you to join FRIENDS OF G.A.R.

The Charles Sumner Post of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) was built in Chestertown in 1908 by African American veterans of the Civil War.
It is one of only two such monuments left standing in the United States today. Click here to learn more.

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