Browse Exhibits (16 total)

“A Labor of Love” - Baking Traditions Across the Eastern Shore of Maryland


“A Labor of Love” - Baking Traditions Across the Eastern Shore of Maryland is an online exhibit curated by Samantha Steltzer as the culmination of her Museum Studies internship at the Nabb Research Center. The exhibit concept was inspired by a biscuit brake found in the Nabb Center’s collections and an interest in highlighting the techniques that women used to sustain traditional Maryland baked goods. 

The focus of the exhibit is two of the most prominent Eastern Shore related foods Beaten Biscuits and Smith Island Cake. Included in the exhibit are archival items and artifacts from the Nabb Research Center's collections and local newspaper articles that detail the history, techniques, recipes, and people’s personal stories behind these traditional Eastern Shore foods

40 Years Preserving the Heart and Soul of Delmarva

The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture marks its 40th anniversary in 2022, preserving and providing access to the history of the Delmarva Peninsula.

The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture was founded in 1982 as a history laboratory for students by Dr. G. Ray Thompson and Mrs. Sylvia Bradley of the Salisbury State College Department of History. They began acquiring microfilms of historical land records, wills, inventories, censuses, and other resources pertaining to the lower counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Recognizing the convenience of having these diverse records in one central location, local researchers and family historians generously supported these efforts.

Decoding Political Propaganda

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This exhibition was created by the Nabb Research Center to promote critical thinking through the examination of propaganda materials from around the world. Many of the items featured are part of the Salisbury University Library Special Collections. The Special Collections consist of primary source materials that span the globe and reach across disciplines to provide opportunities for collaborative and creative research.

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.

First Not Last: Black Greek Life at Salisbury University

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This online exhibit was created by the SU Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Committee in honor of National African American History Month.

Utilizing photographs, documents, and objects from the Nabb Research Center's University Archives, this exhibit celebrates the history of two historically Black Greek letter organizations on the Salisbury University campus - Alpha Kappa Alpha and Omega Psi Phi. 

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.

Native Americans Then and Now


Native Americans: Then and Now invites you to explore the dynamic history of Indigenous peoples in North America. Through a look at life on reservations, beautiful southwestern art, military service and other forms of heroism, land management and agriculture, the sport of lacrosse, and the film industry, our exhibit reveals common struggles faced by Indian communities but also illuminates the creative, courageous, and determined solutions Indigenous individuals and nations have found in response to centuries of settler-colonialism. This is, therefore, an inspiring story of resilience and increased self-determination. Each of our sections use original archival documents, images, and objects to show how culture change and adaptations have not meant cultural loss or decline but, instead, resistance, vibrancy and growth. We hope you enjoy this journey!

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.