Browse Exhibits (7 total)

Delmarva: People, Place and Time

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The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture is committed to documenting and preserving the region’s history. This exhibit presents an introduction to the region and showcases a small sampling of the archival and artifact collections that are stored on-site and are accessible for students, staff faculty and members of the community for their research.

Friends & Rivals: Baseball on Delmarva


JANUARY 2020 - JULY 2020

The Eastern Shore has embraced America’s pastime from the earliest days of the game. In small towns along the shores of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, teams such as the Parksley Spuds, Crisfield Stars, Snow Hill Tigers, Slaughter Neck Giants, and the Salisbury Reds played to enthusiastic, sold-out crowds.

Friends and Rivals: Baseball on Delmarva is part of a larger initiative to create a digital archive of Eastern Shore baseball and explore the importance of baseball in Delmarva communities. The Nabb Research Center, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has collected, digitized, and photographed thousands of images, documents, and objects related to baseball on the Eastern Shore. In preserving these materials, we hope to inspire future generations to explore this fascinating part of Delmarva history.

Identidad Cultural en Colombia Caribeña


This exhibit is part of a recent exchange between the Institución Universitaria ITSA, in Barranquilla, Colombia, and SU’s Janet Dudley-Eshbach Center for International Education. It features ITSA student artwork and photography that explores themes of cultural identity and pays tribute to Colombian Caribbean culture. Some of the work may seem familiar, as the student artists re-imagined well-known works of art inspired by Afro and
Indigenous Colombian beauty and aesthetics.

Migrant Hispanic Workers in Maryland's Seafood Industry

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This online exhibit was created by the SU Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Committee in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 each year by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. What began as a week-long celebration in 1968 has expanded into a month-long observation. The month begins on September 15 because several Latin American countries celebrate their independence around that date each year, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile.

Not Just a Pretty Face


Not Just a Pretty Face is an online exhibit curated by Emma Griebner as the culmination of her museum internship at the Nabb Research Center. The exhibit concept was inspired by vintage beauty advertisements and magazines in the Nabb collections and an interest in finding out more about the role women played in the beauty industry.

Some of the most prominent women in the field were Madam C. J. Walker, Helena Rubinstein, Elizabeth Arden, and Lydia Pinkham. They set the tone for health and beauty in an era when women weren’t fully represented in society.

Included in the exhibit are archival items from the Nabb Center's Mary Anne Pieper collection and local newspaper articles that demonstrate how beauty products were advertised on the Eastern Shore. 

Hopefully, the exhibit will provide viewers with a better understanding of how these women persevered to revolutionize the world of beauty and that they weren’t just pretty faces.

Reservoirs of Strength, Grace and Wit: Libraries at Salisbury University

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The libraries at Salisbury University have traversed a long and storied road from the first College Library to the new Academic Commons. What began in cramped quarters in 1925 expanded into its own building—Blackwell Library—which, despite major renovations to meet student needs in 1975, has since been outgrown. Now the library has its new home within the Guerrieri Academic Commons. Yet, the libraries at Salisbury University continue to be, in the words of Germaine Greer, “Reservoirs of Strength, Grace, and Wit.”


The Stage is Set: Leland Starnes and the Salisbury State Theatre


JANUARY 2017 - MAY 2017

Leland Starnes came to Salisbury State College in 1972 with impressive credentials and the intention of bringing one big production to the stage each year. Starnes established the Salisbury State Theatre, which he viewed as a “repertory company in a professional environment.” Starnes charged admission to the productions, dispersed promotional brochures with season tickets, and created a program for sponsor memberships. 

He was passionate about theatre and devoted himself to the Salisbury program, stating, “We’re determined that the new Salisbury State Theatre will be for everyone a place of rich vitality and joy. Significant theatre–if it is indeed significant–must be an event that its audiences attend with a sense of pleasurable anticipation and excitement rather than from any heavy awareness of duty or ‘cultural enrichment’; truly fine theatre, we all know, arouses, within its viewers of every level, the excited curiosity to see even the direct truth carried out to its logical culmination because of its very theatricality. This is the wild and free kind of theatre that we’re going to try like hell to bring to Salisbury State in our new season.”