May 24 - November 1 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM   (view all 6 dates)

Sotterley Speaker Series 2016

See award-winning authors, historians and speakers present fascinating lectures on incredible subjects at Historic Sotterley Plantation during this popular speaker series. FREE.

Speaker Series Schedule

  • May: Traces of the Trade by Katrina Browne – May 24, 2017 at 7 pm. This film and presentation follows Browne’s remarkable journey brought to light the fact that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.
  • June: All the Presidents’ Gardens by Marta McDowell – June 28, 2017 at 7pm. This bestselling author tells the untold history of the White House Grounds, starting with plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama's kitchen garden.
  • August: Civil War Echoes by James Robertson – August 30, 2017 at 7pm. Using more than 33,000 letters, diaries, photographs, and drawings, Robertson captures the thoughts and feelings of people who lived and fought in Virginia during the Civil War.
  • September: Liberty’s Torch by Elizabeth Mitchell – September 27, 2017 at 7 pm. The Statue of Liberty has become a symbol of freedom, but the story of the statue has been obscured by myth. In reality, she was the work of one quixotic French sculptor hungry for fame and adoration.
  • October: The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty – October 11, 2017 at 7 pm. From the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields, Twitty tells his family story through the foods that enabled his ancestors’ survival across three centuries.
  • November: Forgotten Patriot by Reisha Raney – Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7pm. Reisha Raney reflects on her heritage, her unlikely ties to President Jefferson, and her accomplishments as the leader of Daughters of the American Revolution Fort Washington Chapter.

Free to the public. Please call for reservations, as seating is limited. Speaker series takes place in the Sotterley Barn.


Committed to community support and service, The Boeing Company has been dedicated to promoting education and the arts within the Southern Maryland community. The Boeing Company grant allows Sotterley to continue holding the Speaker Series free of charge to the general public. An important community outreach, the Speaker Series is yet another way that this National Historic Landmark fulfills its mission of preserving, researching, and interpreting Historic Sotterley Plantation’s diverse cultures and environments and to serve the world as an educational, cultural, and community resource.

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