Laura Weldon, Cambridge resident and historian, will be the featured speaker at the monthly Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday, February 20, at the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free Library, 100 W. Dover Street.
There is no charge for this public program sponsored by the Friends of the Talbot County Free Library. Guests are invited to bring their lunch or just come to listen. Coffee and sweets will be provided. The program begins at noon and lasts approximately one hour.
Weldon took a break from her undergraduate studies in history at Towson University to raise her four children but continued to study as a volunteer interpreter of the slave and free black communities at Hampton National Historic Site in Towson from 1987 until 1995. She and her family moved to Cambridge in 1995. In 2009, when in Weldon’s own words, she was “assured my children could make their own sandwiches and not starve,” she resumed her formal studies at Salisbury University, completing her Bachelor’s degree in 2010.
She began working on her Master’s degree that same year, concentrating in free blacks and their communities in antebellum Maryland and Upper South Colonial history. Her current research focuses on free black women on the Eastern Shore, and free blacks and slaves who served in the US Colored Troops.
Currently Weldon volunteers with the Dorchester County Historical Society as a researcher, interpreter of Dorchester County's rich Black History, and in developing the Society's outreach programming. She also works for Dr. Lois Narr and as a substitute teacher in the Dorchester County Public Schools.
For more information, please contact the Talbot County Free Library at 410-822-1626.