Marty Bollinger, retired management consultant and historian, will be discussing the history of Claiborne Ferries at the Lunch & Learn event taking place on Monday, December 5, 2022 at noon at St. Michaels Library.
The lecture will describe the history of the Claiborne ferries: how they were generated initially by a political tug-of-war between Baltimore and Philadelphia; how Eastern Shore politicians used their statewide leadership positions to solidify Claiborne’s role; and how the ferry lines were shaped, and ultimately made obsolete by technical revolutions in ground transport.
It will also illustrate how the evidence of Claiborne’s days as a major ferry and rail hub can still be found all around us — if you know where to look.
While it has been 70 years since the last Claiborne ferry connected Talbot County with the far side of the Chesapeake, the legacy of those days is still with us. Claiborne’s multiple ferry lines literally put the town on the map.
Bollinger resides in Claiborne. He has always had an interest in naval and maritime history and has published three books and several articles on the subject. His publishers have included the Naval Institute Press and the World Ship Society.
He currently serves as the Vice President and a Director of the Naval Historical Foundation, works as an Adjunct Executive Lecturer at the University of Virginia, and participates as an active volunteer with the ShoreRivers organization.
In his spare time, he plays with boats and takes pictures of distant galaxies and nebulae with his telescopes.
The Lunch & Learn Speakers series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, coffee and dessert are provided. For more information, visit www.tcfl.org or call 410-745-5877.
About Talbot County Free Library
It is the mission of the Talbot County Free Library to enrich and renew the lives of the people it serves. There are two locations: The main library in Easton is located at 100 W. Dover St.; and the St. Michael branch is at 106 Fremont St. The Maryland Room in the Easton branch holds a voluminous collection of genealogical resources and historical documents. Services at both locations include the circulation of books, DVDs, and digital devices, as well as free Wi-Fi, public computers, exhibits, and programs for both children and adults. For more information, please visit www.tcfl.org. Be sure to like the library on Facebook and follow us on Instagram @Talbotcountyfreelibrary.