"Captain Bill" (pictured above) wrote and published the newspaper, The Great Swamper.
Read the transcripts of our collected interviews with people who lived in Shady Side in the 1900s.
This project was begun
by the Captain Avery Museum in the Fall of 2014.
For 60 years, members of the Samuel Gompers Lodge of the Masons created a relaxed getaway here at the house to enjoy the shore.
Read the transcripts of our collected interviews.
"Conversations with the Past" is an oral history digitization project undertaken by the Captain Avery Museum begun in Fall 2014. Funding was provided by a grant from the Four Rivers Heritage Area and
by a Bequest from the Estate of Georgia Dent DiPietro.
The purpose of this site is to provide discovery and access to oral history transcripts and images that capture the early and current life of people in the Shady Side Community.
The Captain Avery Museum's Miss Ethel Memorial Library has a collection of more than 150 oral histories in various formats, as well as a collection of printed materials, newspaper clippings, and photographs relating to Shady Side, Maryland, its surrounding communities, and the Chesapeake Bay.
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